The JACL has been helping students
achieve their educational dreams with the National Scholarship and Awards
Program since 1946. The program currently offers over 30 awards, with an
annual total of over $70,000 in scholarships to qualified students nationwide.
The National Scholarship and Awards
Program offer scholarships to students at the entering freshman, undergraduate,
graduate, law, financial need and creative & performing arts. All
scholarships are one-time awards.
Every applicant must be an active
National JACL member. JACL Membership is open to everyone of any ethnic
background. All who meet eligibility criteria are welcomed and encouraged to
apply. Note: applicants need to hold an Individual or Student/Youth
Membership (Couple/Family membership by a parent will not meet this
requirement). You may join/renew online here http://jacl.org/member/index.php.
Applicants must be planning to
attend full time at a college, university, trade school, business school, or
any other institution of higher learning within the United States at the
undergraduate or graduate school level in the fall of 2014. Students
deferring enrollment will not qualify for the 2014 scholarship program.
Applicants may apply under only one
scholarship category. The exception to this rule is that students may apply for
consideration for the Abe & Esther Hagiwara Student Aid Award in addition
to another category. However, a successful applicant will only receive the
higher of the two awards applied for.
Entering Freshman applicants must
be high school seniors. Creative & Performing Arts applicants cannot
be professional artists.
Past recipients of JACL
scholarships or awards are limited to a total of two awards.
Only one application need be
submitted to qualify for all awards listed in that same category. Applications
will be reviewed for award preferences noted in the brochure.
The following is a condensed list
of supporting documents required to complete a JACL Scholarship Application:
JACL Membership; Personal Statement; Letter of Recommendation; Official
Transcripts including SAT and/or ACT test score verification; Work Experience;
and Community Involvement.
additional information regarding the JACL National Scholarship Program,
please contact Patty Wada at (415) 345-1075 or email@example.com
Application (PDF | Word)
(PDF | Word)
& Performing Arts Application (PDF | Word)
Memorial Scholarship –Ms. Andow, a longtime
member of the Cleveland Chapter, established this scholarship in her
will. She was a wedding planner who later studied to be a legal
secretary. She gave her enthusiasm, ability and volunteered almost all of
her spare time to the JACL.
- Thomas T. Hayashi Memorial
Scholarship - The Eastern District Council in memory of Thomas
Hayashi, an outstanding Nisei civil rights advocate and attorney in
international law, established the award. It was Mr. Hayashi’s
philosophy to encourage other Nikkei to enter the legal profession as a means
of securing justice for the disadvantaged.
- Sho Sato Memorial
Scholarship - Sho Sato, a Professor of Law at the University of
California at Berkeley, was one of the nation’s most prominent scholars of
local governmental law. Mr. Sato was known as a leading figure in
promoting relations between law schools in Japan and the United States.
- Mary Reiko Osaka Memorialy
Scholarship – Ms. Osaka was a graduate of the University of California
Hastings College of Law and was the first Asian American woman to serve as
district counsel for the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service.