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West L.A. JACL Announces Scholarship Winners

By July 24, 2015July 30th, 2015No Comments

By P.C. Staff

The West Los Angeles chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League announced its scholarship winners recently.

Noah Kojima, a first-year medical student, was awarded the $2,500 Chiyo M. Hattori Scholarship, which is designated to an outstanding student pursing an education in medicine. Lisa Takahashi and Justin Yamaguchi were recipients of the Jack Nomura High School Scholarship.

Kojima completed his first year at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. The son of Patricia Ihara and Hideki Kojima of Irvine graduated from the University of California, Davis, in 2013 with a degree in biochemistry. Kojima, who plans to pursue a career in internal medicine, has devoted his time to helping the underserved in Africa, Ecuador and Haiti. He is currently spending his summer in India volunteering at a women’s health clinic.

Takahashi graduated from Santa Monica High School and was a member of the girls varsity basketball team for two years. The daughter of Miwa Takahashi of Los Angeles and a student of the Japanese language program at the Japanese Institute of Sawtelle, she will attend Keio University in Tokyo this fall. Yamaguchi graduated from Venice High School and is an Eagle Scout from Troop 764 based out of the Venice Japanese Community Center. The son of Lina and Doug Yamaguchi of Los Angeles, he will attend the University of Washington as a developmental psychology major.

Each high school awardee received $750. The scholarship is named in honor of the late Jack Nomura, longtime chapter board member.

For more information, contact the WLA JACL at