Henry and Chiyo Kuwahara Creative Arts Award

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  3. Must be planning to attend 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. Students deferring enrollment will not qualify for the current year's scholarship program.
  4. Must enroll full time.
  5. Must be a national member of the Japanese American Citizens League.
  6. Must submit samples of creative artistic works to apply. All technical work should be university level.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This scholarship is open to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who are national members of the Japanese American Citizens League. Students must submit samples of creative artistic works to apply.

Application requirements for the Henry and Chiyo Kuwahara Creative Arts Award are:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Official Transcript
  • Activities statements
  • Art samples
  • Recommendation letter
Additional Information: This award was established to encourage creative projects that reflect the Japanese American experience and cultural representation. Professional artists are not eligible to apply. Please note: Every applicant must be an active national JACL member at either an individual or student/youth level. Membership information is available online at jacl.org/member/. The fee for student/youth membership is $25, and the fee for regular/individual membership is $60. Successful applicants who applied for multiple scholarships will receive whichever scholarship carries a higher amount. Applicants are judged on the basis of their JACL involvement, scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, community involvement, personal statement, and letter of recommendation. Scholarship recipients will be selected and notified in August. Past recipients of JACL National Scholarships or awards are limited to a total of two national awards.

Award Amount: The award amount varies annually. All awards are non-renewable.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $2,333.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, April 1

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, April 1

Applications are available online from the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) website. The student should use the Creative & Performing Arts Application for this scholarship. Please note: The student need submit only one application for all scholarships in a particular category for which he/she wishes to be considered; even if the applicant is eligible for more than one scholarship, he/she may apply under only one scholarship category. The only exception is that applicants may apply for consideration for the Abe & Esther Hagiwara Student Aid Award in addition to another category.In addition to the completed application, each student must submit the following materials: official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended; a one-page explanation of involvement with JACL; a typed, two-page (double-spaced) personal statement on the current year's topic as listed on the application; a one-page listing of all scholarships or academic awards he/she has received; a listing of extracurricular activities including school, work and community; one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, school administrator, employer or community leader; and samples of his/her artistic works, along with a list of all honors received including published critical reviews and/or faculty evaluations and academic awards.The student must submit one original and two copies of all application materials, except for transcripts. Only one official copy of each transcript is required.All materials must be mailed to the address provided and must be postmarked by the deadline date.
About Japanese American Citizens League (JACL):
Contact Information: Patty Wada, JACL Regional Director
Address: National JACL Scholarship Committee, c/o Central California District Council 4622 E. Princeton Ave. Fresno, California 93703

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