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West L.A. JACL Announces Scholarship Winners

By October 23, 2014No Comments

By West L.A. JACL

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

Edward Kobayashi, 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. Grant Nagai, Jason Oyakawa and Lily Sloan were recipients of the Jack Nomura High School Scholarship.

Kobayashi, 25, completed his first year at Quinnipiac University School of Medicine in Hamden, Conn. The son of Yumie and Makoto Kobayashi of Burlingame, Calif., graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2010 with a degree in psychobiology and a minor in Japanese.

Nagai graduated from Pacifica Christian High School in Santa Monica, Calif., where he excelled academically and participated in basketball and baseball. The son of Linda and Mike Nagai of Los Angeles was also involved with the Venice Youth Council and Boy Scout Troop 764. He will attend Loyola Marymount University in the fall.

Oyakawa graduated from Santa Monica High School and played competitive tennis for his school and the United States Tennis Assn. He was the managing editor of the school yearbook and a member of the wind ensemble band and the Japanese National Honor Society. The son of Miriam and Denis Oyakawa of Santa Monica will attend Reed College in Portland, Ore.

Sloan, the daughter of Midori Tashiro and Blake Sloan of Los Angeles, graduated from Venice High School and will attend the University of California, Irvine, this fall. She is president of the West Los Angeles United Methodist Church’s youth group and received several scholastic honors, including an AP Scholar Award, Biliteracy Award and Jacket of Excellence Award for overall academic achievement.

Each high school awardee received $750. The scholarship is named in honor of Jack Nomura, longtime chapter board member, who passed away last year.

For more information, contact the WLA JACL at

Originally published on July 4, 2014