JACL Freshman Scholarships Program

Application Information

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Amount Awarded


Application Deadline

March 01

Awarded By

Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

Award Amount

The number of awards offered varies annually. All awards are non-renewable.


The number of awards offered varies annually.

Additional Information

The following named scholarships are included in this program: the Patricia and Gail Ishimoto Memorial Scholarship; the Kenji Kasai Memorial Scholarship; the Mitsugi Murakami Kasai (Ret.) Memorial Scholarship; the Henry & Chiyo Kuwahara Memorial Scholarship; the Sam & Florice Kuwahara Memorial Scholarship; the Mr. & Mrs. Takashi Moriuchi Scholarship; the Paul & Katherine Ohtaki Memorial Scholarship; the Shigeki "Shake" Ushio Memorial Scholarship; the Deni & June Uejima Memorial Scholarship; the Mush and Haru Kuroiwa Scholarship. The Hanayagi Rokumie Memorial Japanese Cultural Scholarship will be given to a student who excels in any Japanese cultural activity, such as: nihon buyo (Japanese classical dance); Japanese classical instruments (shamisen, koto, shakuhachi, taiko); ikebana (flower arrangement); chado (tea ceremony); or Japanese martial arts (aikido, karate, judo kendo, etc.). 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.

Deadline Info

Applications are available online from the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) website. The student should use the Freshman Application to apply for this scholarship. Please note: The student n ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.

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