From left: GVJCI board member Charlie Oyagi; GVJCI Executive Director Alison Kochiyama; scholarship recipients Monami Yang, Kelli Tani, Kristen Koyanagi, Kaitlyn Akiyama, Kayla Igawa; GVJCI Board President Larry Hada. Not pictured: Scholarship recipient Elicia Chung. (Photo courtesy of Miles Akiyama)

GARDENA — The Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute has announced the recipients of its 2013 scholarships.

The Gardena Valley JACL Scholarship went to Kaitlyn Akiyama of North High School, who will attend UCLA.

The winners of the Gary Hori Memorial Scholarship are:

Kayla Igawa, North High School, who will attend CSU Long Beach.

Elicia Chung, South High School, who will attend UCLA.

Kristen Koyanagi, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, who will attend Washington University in St. Louis.

Kelli Tani, Torrance High School, who will attend UCLA.

Monami Yang, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, who will attend UCLA.

JCI board members Charlie Oyagi and Larry Hada presented the awards to five of the six graduating seniors last month at the JCI Carnival. 

The selection committee was impressed and inspired by the high academic achievements and goals of all of the recipients, as well as their many dedicated hours of community volunteerism. These youth have been affiliated with JCI over the years through various associations, projects and activities.

For 15 years, beginning in 2013, the $1,000 Gardena Valley JACL Scholarship will be administered by GVJCI.

The GVJCI Scholarship Fund was established in 2004 for high school graduates of Gardena and the South Bay affiliated with the JCI and its community partners. To contribute to the fund, make check payable to GVJCI, write “scholarship donation” on the memo line, and mail or deliver to 1964 W. 162nd St., Gardena, CA 90247. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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