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Keywords
  • Japanese American College Students -- Oregon
  • Japanese American College Students -- Social Conditions -- 20Th Century
  • Japanese Americans -- Evacuation And Relocation
  • 1942-1945
  • Students
  • Transfer Of -- Oregon
  • National Japanese American Student Relocation Council
  • University Of Oregon
Disciplines
  • Law

Abstract

Photocopied from material belonging to the Division of Special Collections & University Archive, University of Oregon Libraries. This . photocopy is for research use only. Further reproduction or citing requires permission. Please contact us at libweb. uoregon. edu/ speccoll/ . 5 - professional aspirations, religious affiliations, etc. On the basis of this study each student is given advice on available schools, their courses, ex= penses, accreditation, probable future offerings in view of the war conditions, and their willingness to accept Japanese American students. No student is forced to go to a school that he does not approve, either by moral or financial pressure exerted by this department. But each is counseled in a reelistic manner as to the advisability of applying for admission to schools whose ex= penses or academic standards would seem to make them desirable for that student. Formal application is made only upon the authorization of the student. When application is made the college is furnished with a brief but very explicit resume of all pertinent information in regard to the student $, which is available to this Council. Appended to this is a complete official transcript of the student's academic record, together with notes or exact copies of letters of recommendation secured from responsible acquaintances of the student. Every effort is made to keep these applications as accurate and objective as possible. The considerable flow of correspondence which passes over my desk from univer-sity officials, indicates, I believe, that we have been successful in placing these students in schools where they will be happily adjusted. I think it should be pointed out that the work of the Council in this area cannot be measured alone by the number of students we have directly placed. Through the opening up of colleges to students placed through this council, institutions which had previously been unwilling to accept Japanese American students making independent application, have become available to students not registered with us. Through the action of this department the placement of students has been to some measure controlled so that the student population is spread over 40 states, not concentrated in one or two localities. One of the most significant developments which can be reported by this depart-ment is the increased opportunity for nursing training for : Japanese American students under the provisions of the Bolton Act. As you will recall this Act provides for federal stimulation of the training of nurses by paying the tuition and all fees, living expenses, cost of uniforms, and a small stipend starting at $ 15 per month and increasing to $ 30 per month for any person, regardless of race, color, or creed, who would enroll in the United States Nurse Corps. On August 25, 1943, Mr. Dillon S. Myer, Director of the War Relocation Authority, noti-fied this Council and all Project Directors that the U. S. Public Health Service, which is in charge of this nurses training program, had definitely ruled that American citizens of Japanese ancestry accepted by schools of nursing which are participating in this program will be eligible for the United 3tstes Cadet Nurse Corps together with all its benefits * There is already apparent a decided in crease in the number of evacuee students who are planning to . enter nursing as a career and the great majority of the candidates seem anxious to be enrolled in the Corps. It would be valueless for me to belabor the point that only by placing students in colleges and universities can the effort and expense of this Council be justi-fied. For the past, I feel we may consider that our record shows ample justifi-cation. A little while ago I said that at the end of the third week in September this Council. had records of 2,471 Japanese American students who had been admitted or had been attending a college or university during the present calendar year-- 1,825 of them through the direct assistance of this Council. We knew with cer-tainty that there is a considerable number of enrolled students for whom we have

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