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West L.A. JACL Chapter President John Saito, scholarship recipients Jeffrey Fujimoto and Emily Lui and 2014 Miss Western L.A. Steffi Fukunaga. Not pictured is scholarship recipient Makito Takahashi.

The West Los Angeles chapter of the JACL announced its scholarship winners recently.

Jeffrey Fujimoto, a third-year medical student, was awarded the $2,500 Chiyo M. Hattori Scholarship, designated to an outstanding student pursuing an education in medicine. Emily Lui and Makito Takahashi were recipients of the Jack Nomura High School Scholarship.

Fujimoto completed his third year at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. The son of Sally and Greg Fujimoto of Los Angeles graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in bioengineering and is a five-time national champion in judo. Over the next two years, Fujimoto will complete an MBA and his remaining medical school training and plans to become a physician executive who will drive innovation and change in the health care system while also providing direct patient care.

Lui graduated with a 3.97 grade point average from Venice High School in Venice, Calif., and will attend the University of California, Berkeley, in the fall. The daughter of Susan and Mark Lui of Los Angeles, she was a competitive figure skater who was active at school in theater, academic decathlon and robotics. She also served as president of the West Los Angeles United Methodist’s youth group.

Takahashi graduated from New West Charter High School and attended the Japanese Institute of Sawtelle for 13 years. The son of Keiko and Toshio Takahashi of Culver City, Calif., he was a member of several school activities, including the anime, art, gay and straight alignment and cross-country clubs. Takahashi, who was also a member of the West L.A. Methodist Church youth group, will attend Humboldt State University.

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 West L.A. JACL at