The JACL began its National Scholarship and Awards Program in 1946. Recognizing that education is key to greater opportunities for its
members, the JACL offers more than 30 awards with an annual total of more than $70,000 in scholarships to qualified students nationwide.
The National Scholarship and Awards Program offers scholarships in the following categories:
Creative & Performing Arts
All scholarships are one-time awards. For more information go the the JACL website at www.jacl.org/edu/scholar.htm. They can be accessed
by clicking on “Youth” on the menu bar.
Freshman applications are due by March 1, 2015 to the applicant's local JACL Chapter. All other National JACL Scholarship applications
are to be sent directly to: National JACL Scholarship Program, c/o Portland JACL, P.O. Box 86310, Portland, OR 97286. The deadline is
April 1, 2015
For additional information regarding the JACL National Scholarship Program, contact JACL Regional Director Patty Wada at (415) 345-1075
The JACL Houston Scholarship Program adheres to the national guidelines, but has the flexibility to to extend deadlines if needed. The Houston
chapter offers the following scholarships and grants:
- The Okumura Memorial Scholarship
- The Hada Memorial Scholarship
- The Youth Fund
The Okumura Memorial Scholarship awards up to $500 annually for an incoming freshman. The Okumura Memorial Scholarship was
in 1990 in honor of Ray Okumura who lost his life in a fishing accident off
coast of Galveston. He was the son of Hootch
long-time members of the JACL Houston.
Entering Freshman scholarship application is
used as the basis
The Hada Memorial Scholarship offers $500 to one or two selected college student(s) of any classification
(e.g., Freshman, Seniors,
The Hada Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of the
late George Hada, husband of Mary Hada. It
founded in 1999
funded by Mari and Harry Okabayashi and Howard
Lindsey and his late wife Sylvia. Sylvia and Mari
daughters of Mary and
George Hada. Applicants must be a member of JACL Houston and should submit an Entering
application or a written description
activities for consideration.
The Youth Fund can be used for multi-purposes such as sending a student to regional
or national conference, providing
recipient, or helping fund an event that will encourage
membership in JACL Houston. This fund
is used on as needed
must be funded
Students who have already received a HADA Memorial Scholarship may apply again.
Applications for the National JACL Entering Freshman, Okumura,
and/or Hada scholarships should be submitted by May 31st to:
4806 Redstart St.
Houston, TX 77035
For more information, contact Patricia Barry Rumble at email@example.com or 713-784-9400.
2013 Recipients of the HADA Memorial Scholarship
Lisa Chiba & Naomi Fa-Kaji, Rice students and members of the JACL,
received the 2013 HADA Memorial Scholarship.
Background of JACL Houston Scholarship Program
Houston officially became a local chapter of JACL national in 1974.
At the time all scholarship applicants in the southwest region
The activity was minimal until a local
scholarship program was established to compliment the national
The Okumura Memorial Scholarship was established in 1990 and
recipients were alternately selected for several years by
Lighting & Power. Recipients
of this scholarship include.
1990 - Allison Onishi (JACL)
1991 - Jeremy Monthy ( Houston Lighting & Power)
1992 - Kit Hirasaki (JACL)
1993 - Wendy Hall ( Houston Lighting & Power)
1994 - Tim Okabayashi (JACL)
1995 - Derek Philips ( Houston Lighting & Power)
1996 - Andrew Kondo (JACL)
1997 - Joanna Sweigart (JACL)
1998 - No applicants
1999 - Eric Lindsay and Natasha Kondo (JACL)
2000 - Chris Yamazaki (JACL)
2001 - No applicants
2002 - Christine Young (JACL)
2003 - 2010 - No recipients
Recipients of the Hada Memorial Scholarship include:
1999 - Eric Lindsay
2000 - Risa Nishimoto
2011 - Monica Matsumoto and Corey Beaumont
JACL Houston has had several national scholarship award recipients. In 1999,
Eric Lindsay, a Rice University incoming freshman
graduate student received national scholarships.
In 2011 in addition to the $500 HADA scholarship,
received a National JACL
Undergraduate Scholarship, the Alice
Yuriko Endo Memorial Scholarship,
in the amount of $1,000.
For more information on local scholarships and grants, please contact
the JACL Houston Scholarship Chair, Patricia Rumble,