The 2014 JACL Ventura County scholarship recipients are (standing, from left) Austin Takeda, Trent Golden, John Kikuchi, (sitting, from left) Erika Kodera and Tiffany Strong. Missing: Christopher Garvin. Photo by Anne Chilcott

By Ventura County JACL

The Ventura County Chapter of the JACL held a small reception at the Best Western Camarillo in Camarillo, Calif., on June 19 for the recipients of its 2014 scholarship program.

Honored this year were Austin Takeda, a recent graduate of Foothill Technology High School in Ventura, Calif., who will be attending the University of California, San Diego, in the fall as a sports medicine major; Trent Golden, a recent graduate of Newbury Park High School in Newbury Park, Calif., who will be attending San Diego State University as an international business major; John Kikuchi, a recent graduate of Newbury Park High School who will be attending Northeastern University as a pharmacy major; Christopher Garvin, a recent graduate of Thousand Oaks High School in Thousand Oaks, Calif., who will be attending California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, as a biology major; Erika Kodera, also of Thousand Oaks High School, who will be attending the University of California, Berkeley, as an international relations major; and Tiffany Strong, another recent graduate of Newbury Park High School who will be attending California State University, Northridge, in the fall, where she will be studying to become a math teacher.

The chapter would like to acknowledge the generous donations from the Hiji brothers and the late Dr. Tom Taketa.

Originally published on July 4, 2014