Skip to main content

National JACL Kicks Off 2016 Scholarship Program

By November 20, 2015No Comments

By JACL National Staff

The National JACL announces its National Scholarship and Awards Program for the 2016 academic year. The JACL annually offers approximately 30 college scholarships for students who are incoming college freshmen, undergraduates and graduates, as well as those specializing in law and the creative/performing arts. There are also two student aid scholarships to address the challenge students face in meeting rising tuition costs.

A scholarship program brochure and applications for 2016 can be found on the JACL website ( and clicking “Youth” on the menu bar. The National JACL Scholarship Program requires that all applicants be a student or individual member of the JACL. Membership under a parent will not fulfill this requirement.

Freshman applications must be submitted directly by the applicant to his/her local chapter, postmarked no later than March 1, 2016. Students who require the mailing address for their chapter may contact JACL Membership Assistant Tomiko Ismail ( or by calling (415) 921-5225.

JACL Chapters will then have one month to screen the applications and forward their most outstanding freshman applications to the National JACL Freshman Scholarship Committee in San Diego, Calif.

There is no limit to the number of applications a chapter may forward to National for consideration, but it is requested that submissions consist of only the strongest applicants.

Chapters must submit their selected freshman applications to the National Committee must be postmarked no later than April 1 in order to be considered.

Applications for the “other” scholarship categories (undergraduate, graduate, law, creative/performing arts and student aid) are to be sent directly by the applicant to the National JACL Scholarship Committee, c/o Central California District Council, at the following address: 4622 E. Princeton Ave., Fresno, CA 93703. Applications for these categories must be postmarked no later than April 1 in order to be considered.

It is requested that chapters inform their respective youth members and surrounding community organizations of the National JACL Scholarship Program, which can be an opportunity to boost membership for the chapter and stimulate interest in the JACL.

For more information on the National JACL Scholarship Program, contact Regional Director Patty Wada at or National JACL VP for Planning and Development Chip Larouche at