The Greater L.A. Singles chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League is seeking eligible candidates for its annual Hana Uno Shepard Memorial Scholarship of $1,000.

Students must be graduating high school seniors with a high achievement record, from a single-parent family, of Japanese descent, and a resident of Los Angeles or Orange county. The scholarship may be applied to any college, university, community college, fine arts or vocational school.

The history of the scholarship helps youth connect with their forebears’ historical past. It was established in 1992 as a memorial to Hana Uno Shepard, who before her death in 1987 was an ardent GLAS JACL member for many years and active in the redress movement for the Nisei and Issei who were unconstitutionally incarcerated in camps during World War II. She was the sister of Edison Uno and Amy Uno Ishii, who also played major roles in the movement.

Applications are made through the students’ high school college counselors’ offices. Applications may also be requested from Lyn Nishimura, GLAS scholarship chairperson, by calling (310) 937-6228 or (310) 839-1194. Deadline is May 31.

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