In line with past generations of Japanese Americans, the JACL recognizes education as a key to greater opportunities for its members. Annually, both local and national scholarships are available to qualified students. Local scholarships are sponsored by the chapter, while the national scholarships are awarded through the National headquarters. The National Scholarship and Awards Program offer scholarships to students at the entering freshman, undergraduate, graduate, and law level, while those for financial need and creative & performing arts are available as well. All scholarships are one-time awards.

Annual Scholarships available from the Diablo Valley Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

1. Diablo Valley Chapter Scholarship

Applicant must be a Senior attending a high school in Contra Costa County who will be enrolling in a 4 year college or university or who will be attending a community college undertaking no less than 12 units commencing the Fall term of the present year. Applicant and/or parent(s) must be dues paid member(s) of the Diablo Valley Chapter. If applicant intends to apply for a National JACL scholarship, he/she must be a dues paid member.

Due date: March 1

Application (Word)

For further information, please address all inquiries to:

Diablo Valley Chapter JACL
Chapter Scholarship Chairman
3212 Veracruz Drive
San Ramon, CA 94583

or email:

2. National JACL Scholarship Program

For details and application forms, please write to:

National JACL Headquarters
National Scholarship Awards
1765 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

Enclose a self-addressed stamped #10 envelope or contact the Chapter National JACL Scholarship Chairperson.

Scholarship information and application can also be obtained through the National website:

3. Dr. Yoshiye Togasaki Endowment Scholarship

Applicant must be a student planning a career in health services. Must be a resident of Contra Costa County or Alameda County. Must be a full-time student (enrolled for 12 semester units or equivalent) in a 4 year college or university in the Bay area or the University of California at Davis for the Fall term of the present year. Must have grade B average or above. Official transcripts are required. Must demonstrate leadership and involvement in community services and school activities.

Dr. Togasaki's Bio

Information and application forms may be obtained from the Dr. Togasaki Scholarship Chairperson.

Due date: May 15
Amount of award: $1,000.00

Application (PDF)

For further information, please address all inquiries to:

Diablo Valley Chapter JACL
Dr. Togasaki Scholarship Chairperson
P.O Box 5386
Walnut Creek
, Ca. 94596