Hide Shimizu (née Hyodo) Memorial Scholarship

February 16, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Greater Toronto Chapter NAJC & Hastings Park Foundation
Hide Shimizu (née Hyodo) Memorial Scholarship

Hide Shimizu (née Hyodo) was born in Vancouver in 1908.  She spent one year at the University of British Columbia before transferring to Teachers’ Training School.  She received her teaching certificate in 1926 and began teaching Grade One at Lord Bing School.  Shortly thereafter, the provincial government prohibited any other Japanese Canadian from receiving a certificate.  Thus at 18 years old, Hide Hyodo was the first and only Japanese Canadian to hold a teaching certificate.  In 1936, she was the female member of a delegation of four sent to Ottawa by the Japanese Canadian Citizen’s League to seek the franchise for Japanese Canadians.  Parliament defeated the motion but she and the others set a precedent for a non-white community demanding the vote.  With the removal of the Japanese Canadians from the BC coast in 1942, Hide was asked to supervise the education of the Japanese Canadian youth first in Hastings Park, a clearing house for out-of-town Japanese Canadians, and then in the internment camps of the interior.  She set about planning primary curriculum, organizing a school system among seven camps, and recruiting and training volunteer teachers and principals.  She constantly travelled from camp to camp throughout the war.  She was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1982.  And in 1993, she was honoured by the Status of Women-Canada, the Secretary of State and Eaton’s of Canada in a month long tribute to thirty-two women who helped shape the history of Canada.

The purpose of the Scholarship is to:

  • promote academic development of Japanese Canadians
  • enrich Japanese Canadian culture and community within the Canadian society
  • provide financial assistance in the form of grants of $1,000.00 each to two Japanese Canadian individuals furthering their studies in a post-secondary institution

Applicant Eligibility
Priority will be given to first-time applicants without exception.

To apply for the Hide Shimizu (née Hyodo) Memorial Scholarship, download this Scholarship Application form.
Completed application forms and accompanying material must be received by Thursday, June 26, 2014

Mail to:
Hide Shimizu Scholarship,
c/o Toronto NAJC, 6 Garamond Court, Suite 240,
Toronto, ON.  M3C 1Z5