Board Member’s Message
by Chip Larouche, Governor, Pacific Northwest District Council
For those of you who get the Pacific Citizen, the official newspaper of JACL, the recent special youth issue included announcements of the National JACL Scholarship winners. Included in that special group were two Portland JACL youth. Jonathan Lee was awarded the Kyutaro & Yasuo Abiko Memorial Scholarship and Mariko Newton was awarded the Nobuko R. Kodama Fong Memorial Scholarship. Mariko is attending Pacific University and Jonathan is at the Stevens Institute of Technology. Both of these exceptional students are alumnus of Unite People (UP), the Portland JACL youth group, and we’re very proud of both of them and we congratulate them both on receiving these awards.
Now is the time to look forward to the local Community Scholarships that will be awarded at the 2012 Japanese American Graduation Banquet on May 6, 2012. In order to be eligible to apply for the scholarships, the graduating seniors must be members of at least one of the eleven sponsoring organizations no later than October 15, 2012:
- Buddhist Daihonzan Henjyoji Temple
- Epworth United Methodist Church
- Gresham-Troutdale Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
- Japanese Ancestral Society (Nikkei Jinkai)
- Japanese Women’s Society (Nikkei Fujinkai)
- Nichiren Buddhist Temple
- Oregon Buddhist Temple
- Oregon Nisei Veterans
- Portland Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
The easiest way to join Portland JACL is from our Website at www.henrysakamotofamily.com/2JACL/ and click on the JOIN NOW button in the top right colum of this page and use your credit card!
While you’re here, you can also download the application for the scholarship on the Community Scholarship page and you can also download the application for the Buddhist Daihonzan Henjyoji Temple Japanese Art Award which honors a student that is pursuing a traditional Japanese Cultural Art.
National JACL hasn’t announced its 2012 program yet, but you can visit their scholarship page on their Website at http://www.jacl.org/edu/scholar.htm and be ready when they announce the new program. This page describes all of the scholarships that are awarded by National JACL. REMEMBER: To be eligible for National JACL scholarships, the student MUST be a JACL member. JOIN NOW at www.henrysakamotofamily.com/2JACL/. Student membership is only $30 per year and participating in youth group activities with UP improves your chances of winning the larger scholarships! Contact Connie Masuoka for details on youth group activities!