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Japanese American Citizens League National Scholarship and Awards Program


Deadline Date: Mar 1st, 2016
Posted Date: Sep 19th, 2011

Program Background
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.

Application Materials

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.

For additional information regarding the JACL National Scholarship
Program, please contact Patty Wada at (415) 345-1075 or pwada@jacl.org


           Freshman Application (Word)
           General Application (Word)
           Creative & Performing Arts Application (Word)
           Scholarship Guidelines (Word)
           Scholarship Brochure (Word)

More Information: See Here

Law Scholarships

  • GraceAndow Memorial ScholarshipMs. 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.