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UNITED STATES JUDO FEDERATION

Jim Cornforth, Chairperson

USJF George Balch Scholarship Committee

 

Mailing Address:                               Telephones:                             Internet:

P.O. Box 338                                   Voice: (541) 889-8753                           www.usjf.com

Ontario, OR 97914-0338                       FAX:   (541) 889-5836                    natofc@usjf.com

   

October 7, 2003:     ANNUAL REPORT TO USJF

 

 Greetings to everyone:                      

         I am pleased to report that we have awarded the first George Balch Education scholarship. With the committee’s unique emphasis on helping to fund a potential leader in judo, rather than a competitor, this scholarship program could have a long lasting impact on judo.

      

         Thanks to many donor’s we have accumulated a total of $17,111.00 in contributions (through September, 2003) and more is still coming in to the National Office. The committee will be soliciting contributions from former donors and new possibilities in order to build this fund to a respectable level.

 

         I am sorry to report that the fund has not reached the potential to support more candidates. However this year’s recipient is Michael Oshima and we expect him to  provide many years off service to the United States Judo Federation and US judo in general. Michael received an award of $500.00 from the George Balch Scholarship Committee.

 

        Michael plans on attending Tokai University this year then switching to Harvard University in 2004,Michael hails from Somerville, Massachusetts. His goal is to teach at the University level.

 

        We wish him the greatest success and thank him and the other fine applicants for their efforts.                                          

 

Jim Cornforth

 

                                                      I   The committee:

                     Elizabeth Balch (honorary)   Noboru Saito, USJF President   Jim Cornforth

         Robert Brink        Bryan Matsuoka, Treasurer        Leslie Stewart