The Japanese American Citizens League National Scholarship Program

The Japanese American Citizen League (JACL) is an Asian American civil rights organization that was founded in 1929. The 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. Scholarship categories include entering freshman, undergraduate, graduate, law, financial need and creative & performing arts.  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. 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 2018. Students deferring enrollment will not qualify for the 2018 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. Only one application need be submitted to qualify for all awards listed in that same category. Applications will be reviewed for award preferences noted in the JACL scholarship brochure.

Contact Financial Aid

If you have any questions about scholarships, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.