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Chiyo M. Hattori Scholarship

Provider: Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

Application Deadline: May 1st

Award Amount: $2,500.

Contact Information:
WLA Japanese American Citizens League
PO Box 251436
Los Angeles, CA 90025-9325
Telephone: (310) 936-3182

Application: Contact the UCI School of Medicine’s Financial Aid office for the paper application.

Eligibility Requirements:

This scholarship was established by George N. Hattori in 2001, in loving memory of his wife, Chiyo M. Hattori, who passed away in August 2000 after a courageous battle with cancer. Although her own higher education goals were thwarted by the onset of World War II, Mrs. Hattori was a staunch believer in education being the key to success in life. This belief stemmed from the educational philosophies deeply rooted in her Japanese upbringing. The Hattori's only son, now a prominent cardiologist, was the recipient of a West LA JCL scholarship upon graduation from high school. Mrs. Hattori's profound gratitude for this is an expression of the orei in reciprocation. This award fulfills one of Mrs. Hattori's final wishes, which was the creation of a scholarship grant for eligible, deserving students entering or enrolling in medical school.

  • Current/entering medical student of an accredited U.S. medical school
  • Reside in southern California within the past 5 years
  • At least 50% Japanese-American ancestry
  • Active Japanese American Citizens League member
  • If applicant is not already a JACL member, they can join by registering HERE


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Tel: (949) 824-6476
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