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JACL Scholarship Program

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

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SMJACL 2024 Scholarship Application

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)

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