In 1955, the Japanese American community of Denver Colorado established a scholarship to honor the late Harry Sakata.
Sakata was involved with the Japanese American community on both the local and national levels, and believed the youth were the future of the Japanese American community.
From those early beginnings, the Japanese American Community Graduation Program (JACGP) has evolved into a program that recognizes all high school seniors of Denver’s Japanese American ancestry who exemplify Sakata’s qualities of leadership and community service.
Annually, a graduation banquet is held to honor all eligible high school graduates. Several awards and scholarships are also presented at this dinner to assist some of these deserving young students to continue with their education.
The JACGP is staffed solely by volunteers, and is funded by the generous donations from the community and proceeds from the JACGP’s Go For Broke golf tournament.
JACGP is a 501c(3) non-profit organization.