Scholarships

General Information:

All 2014 high school graduates, who are chapter members or have a parent who is a member of the Sonoma County JACL, and who are planning to attend full-time an university, college or vocational/technical school or any other institution of higher learning within the United States, can apply for a freshman Sonoma County JACL scholarship or grant.

Each applicant is eligible for only one scholarship. We require that parent or applicant be current Sonoma County JACL members of at least a two year duration (starting with the application for 2015-2016 year) and active participation in our programs is encouraged. The exception to this is the Petaluma Japanese Sunday School Scholarships, which can be awarded to a qualifying applicant who is of Japanese ancestry and residing in and attending high school in Sonoma County. Students deferring enrollment will not qualify for the 2014 scholarship program.

Applications must be complete at the time of submission and meet the stated deadlines in order to be considered. Materials may not be submitted separately.

After reviewing all of the applications submitted, the Sonoma County JACL scholarship committee will determine if any applications are eligible for consideration for a National JACL scholarship. The applicants will be notified so that their national application can be submitted by April 1, 2014. Note: Those who want to be considered for a National JACL scholarship must be an active JACL member. Having a parent as a member does not qualify.

All scholarship recipients will be notified and arrangements will be made to possibly attend their high school awards programs. Also scholarship and grant recipients and their families will be invited to our community picnic on the last Sunday of June to receive their awards.

Scholarship Information


High School Scholarships:

Jim Murakami Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of James F. Murakami. He was a man who served his country and stood up for the rights of others. Besides his dedication and service to our local chapter, serving as president for many years as well as keeping track of our activities and duties, he served as a National President of the JACL. He was instrumental in the redress efforts, both locally and nationally. He also served as one of the founding advisors to the local youth group, initially known as the Sonoma County Jr. JACL.

The amount of the scholarship is $ 3,000.00 and is a one-time award. Parents/students must be current members of the Sonoma County JACL for more than two years. To be eligible, applicants must have a weighted 3.8 GPA or higher with JACL involvement emphasized.

Frank Oda Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Frank Oda. He was three times our Sonoma County JACL president. He served as our administrator, keeping track of activities and duties and keeping people informed and involved. He was a recipient of the National JACLer of the Biennium Award in 1972. Frank dedicated a lot of time and effort to promote JACL and worked to benefit our community.

The amount of the scholarship is $ 1,500.00 and is a one-time award. This is one of our earliest freshman scholarships available to qualified members or qualified applicants whose parent (s) are members of Sonoma Co. JACL for a minimum of two years, beginning in 2015. To be eligible, applicants must have a weighted 3.5 GPA or higher and community involvement with JACL involvement emphasized.

Sonoma County JACL Memorial Scholarship

This is one of our original freshman scholarships available to qualified high school graduates who are members of the Sonoma County JACL or have parent(s) that are members for a minimum of two years beginning in 2015.

The amount of the scholarship is $ 1,500.00 and is a one-time award. To be eligible, applicants must have a weighted 3.0 GPA or higher.

Petaluma Japanese Sunday School Scholarships (2)
These scholarships were established on behalf of a Japanese language school, which was held on Sundays for local residents. One scholarship will be awarded to a qualifying applicant who is of Japanese ancestry residing in and attending high school in the Rohnert Park/Cotati or Petaluma High School districts. The remaining Sunday School scholarship is open to any qualifying applicant of Japanese ancestry residing and attending high school in Sonoma County.

The amount of each scholarship is $ 500.00 and is a one-time award. To be eligible, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Note that JACL membership is not specifically required.

Sonoma County JACL Student Grant
This grant of $1000.00 will be awarded on a one-time basis to a qualified applicant who demonstrated financial need for pursuing his or her education. The applicant must fill out the financial information to be qualified for this scholarship. All applicants must also be a member of the Sonoma County JACL or have parent(s) that are members for a minimum of two years beginning with the scholarship award year for 2015-2016.

Download Application for JACL High School Scholarships

Faye Uyeda Medical Program
All students with an intended medical major, who are chapter members or have a parent who is a member of the Sonoma County JACL for a minimum of two years can apply (starting with the scholarship award for 2015-2016).  Any applicant attending a university, college or vocational/technical school as a student in the medical profession, can apply for a Faye Uyeda scholarship. Veterinary school of medicine does qualify. There are two different programs available. The first is a one-time pre-baccalaureate scholarship, in the amount of $500 for someone who intends to enroll in a medical support or certificate program.

The second is a renewable post-graduate scholarship (up to three years for a maximum of four years) for someone who will enroll full-time in a medical post-graduate program in the amount of $2000/year for a maximum amount of $8000. In the case of a combined program available at some universities, the student will be eligible when that university deems that they are entering the post-graduate portion. Determination of the qualifying medical program is at the discretion of the scholarship committee. Each applicant is eligible for only one scholarship.  We require that parent or applicant should be a current Sonoma County JACL member of at least a two year duration (starting with the scholarship award for 2015-2016) and active participation in our programs is encouraged.  Students deferring enrollment will not qualify for the 2014 scholarship program.

Download applications:
Faye Uyeda Pre-Baccalaureate Application
Faye Uyeda Post-Graduate Application  
Faye Uyeda Post-Graduate Renewal Application

For more information:
scholarship@sonomacojacl.org