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Welcome to the San Mateo chapter of the JACL!


Board of Directors @ 2024 Chapter Installation Dinner

2024 Scholarship Application

The San Mateo Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is pleased to announce our scholarship program for the 2024-2025 school year. Eligible high school seniors are invited to submit applications via email to by March 24, 2024. San Mateo Chapter scholarship recipients will be announced in April. Please note that the National JACL has a separate scholarship program which can be found on their website



Eligibility Requirements:


  • Every applicant must be a member of the National Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). To join the JACL, please visit  JACL membership is open to everyone of any ethnic background. Note: applicants must hold an Individual or Student/Youth Membership. The cost of membership is $30 and there are many benefits to membership. Joining at the time of the application submission meets our eligibility requirements.

  • Applicants must be seniors enrolled in a San Mateo County public or private high school. 

  • Applicants will be partially judged on their involvement in the Japanese-American / Asian American community.

  • Applicants must be planning to attend a college, university, trade school, business school or any other institution of higher learning within the United States.


Application Requirements: 



  • San Mateo Chapter JACL Scholarship Application, available on our website:

  • A Letter of Recommendation

  • Official high school transcript

  • Personal Statement (no more than two pages on the topic question)


Complete applications must be emailed no later than March 24, 2024 to An interview with the San Mateo JACL scholarship committee members will be requested for finalists. 

Thank you for informing your students about our scholarship program. For more information, please feel free to email me at

Download application here.

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Origami Aloha Shirt Festival Collage 2020

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2024 Intership Application

 Internship Program for High School Juniors. 


The San Mateo Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is pleased to offer an Internship Program for High School Juniors who join or are members of the Japanese American Citizens League. To join please visit Membership for students is $30.


Selected students would be required to volunteer 20 hours of service from April 15, 2024 to October 15, 2024.  


Service opportunities would be selected by the San Mateo JACL Board of Directors. Service may be virtual or in person
depending on state and county COVID 19 restrictions.  


Opportunities might include:

  • helping at San Mateo Japanese American Community Center with programs or activities,

  • helping SM JACL with Youth Programs, working on Asian Pacific American Heritage Events in May, or 

  • helping with the SM JACL Booths at the Millbrae Japanese Cultural Festival in October.

Upon successful fulfillment of their Internship students will receive a $300.00 stipend to use for school expenses such as college application fees.  

Additionally, selected students would be given top priority if they applied for our High School Senior Scholarship.
The terms of the internship would require:

  •  Applicants must be Juniors enrolled in a San Mateo County public or private high school.

  •  Eligible students must submit a fully completed application.

  •  One letter of recommendation.

  •  An interview with JACL Internship committee members is part of the application process.

Applications must be emailed no later than March 24, 2024 and mailed to: 

If you have any questions please feel free to text me at (408) 472-6715.


Download application here.

Online Origami Festival!

San Mateo JACL is hosting an online origami event! Send us a picture of your origami aloha shirt!

80th Anniversary

San Mateo JACL is 80 years old! Read about our celebration!


Event Details

Tanforan Memorial

This is an architectural rendering of the memorial planned to be installed at San Bruno BART station.


The fundraising campaign for this important memorial has begun. See pictures from the reception, held October 31st, 2015. For more information and to donate, please go to

San Mateo JACL
Board Meetings

When: Third Thursday (with rare exceptions) of each month, 7:15PM

Where: San Mateo Japanese American Community Center, located at 415 S. Claremont St. in San Mateo.

Who: Non-board members, visitors, and members of the community are welcomed to attend


SMJACL Needs Board Members! If you would like to be part of our active board please email

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