SAN FRANCISCO — The Japanese American Citizens League announces its National Scholarship and Awards Program for the 2013 academic year.

The JACL annually offers approximately 30 college scholarships for students who are incoming college freshmen, undergraduates and graduates, and those specializing in law or the creative/performing arts. There is also a scholarship for those in need of financial aid in this time of rising tuition costs.

Making its debut in 2013 is the newly created Meiji Gakuin University-JACL Scholarship for a graduating high school senior who wishes to study in Japan. Meiji Gakuin University, founded in 1863, is located in Tokyo and is one of the oldest universities in Japan. This four-year scholarship will lead the recipient to a bachelor’s degree in international studies. All classes are taught in English.

Freshman applications must be submitted directly by the applicant to his/her local JACL chapter by March 1. Applications for the other scholarship categories (undergraduate, graduate, law, creative/performing arts, and student aid) are to be sent directly by the applicant to the National JACL Scholarship Committee by April 1.

The application process for the Meiji Gakuin University-JACL Scholarship involves two completely different applications, which can be requested directly from the university. The deadline for this U.S.-Japan scholarship is March 1.

Detailed scholarship program information and applications can be found on the JACL website at, and clicking “Education” on the menu bar. The National JACL Scholarship Program requires that all applicants be students or individual members of the JACL.

For more information, contact Regional Director Patty Wada at or National JACL Vice President for Planning & Development Jason Chang at

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