The JACL has been helping students achieve their educational dreams with the National Scholarship and Awards Program since 1946. The program currently offers over 30 awards, with an annual total of over $70,000 in scholarships to qualified students nationwide.
The National Scholarship and Awards Program offer scholarships to students at the entering freshman, undergraduate, graduate, law, financial need and creative & performing arts. All scholarships are one-time awards.
Every applicant must be an active National JACL member. JACL membership is open to everyone of any ethnic background. All who meet eligibility criteria are welcomed and encouraged to apply. Note: applicants need to hold an Individual or Student/Youth Membership. A Couple/Family membership by a parent will not meet this requirement. Join or renew your membership.
Applicants must be planning to attend full time at a college, university, trade school, business school, or any other institution of higher learning within the United States at the undergraduate or graduate school level in the fall of 2016. Students deferring enrollment will not qualify for the 2016 scholarship program.
Applicants may apply under only one scholarship category. The exception to this rule is that students may apply for consideration for the student aid awards in addition to another category. However, a successful applicant will only receive the higher of the two awards applied for.
Entering Freshman applicants must be high school seniors. Creative & Performing Arts applicants cannot be professional artists.
Past recipients of JACL scholarships or awards are limited to a total of two awards.
Only one application need be submitted to qualify for all awards listed in that same category. Applications will be reviewed for award preferences noted in the brochure.
The following is a condensed list of supporting documents required to complete a JACL Scholarship Application: JACL Membership; Personal Statement; Letter of Recommendation; Official Transcripts including SAT and/or ACT test score verification; Work Experience; and Community Involvement.
For additional information regarding the JACL National Scholarship Program, please contact Patty Wada at (415) 345-1075 or firstname.lastname@example.org