Graduate Funding Information Service

March 3, 2020

Japanese American Citizens League National Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: April 1, 2020

The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) has been helping students achieve their educational dreams with the National Scholarship and Awards Program since 1946.  The program currently offers over 30 awards, with an annual total of over $70,000 in scholarships to qualified students nationwide.

The National Scholarship and Awards Program offer scholarships to students who are entering freshman, undergraduate, graduate, law, in the creative & performing arts, and those with financial need.  All scholarships are one-time awards.


  • Every applicant must be an active National JACL member.  JACL membership is open to everyone of any ethnic background.  All who meet eligibility criteria are welcomed and encouraged to apply. Join or renew your membership.
  • Applicants must be planning to attend full time at a college, university, trade school, business school, or any other institution of higher learning within the United States at the undergraduate or graduate school level in the Fall of 2020.  Students deferring enrollment will not qualify for the 2020 scholarship program.
  • Applicants may apply under only one scholarship category.  The exception to this rule is that students may apply for consideration for the student aid awards in addition to another category.  However, a successful applicant will only receive the higher of the two awards applied for.

For more information about these opportunities, including how to apply, click here.