SAN FRANCISCO — JACL recognizes that COVID-19 has disrupted our everyday lives, and the impact has also been felt by students.  Colleges have closed, instruction has gone online, and students have moved home.  With decreased access to student services, such as obtaining their transcripts, students have faced challenges in securing required documents for their scholarship applications.

Therefore, the National JACL has extended the scholarship filing deadline for undergraduate, graduate, law, arts and student aid applications from April 1 to May 1, 2020.  This should provide time for students to obtain their sealed official transcripts in hard copy for inclusion in their JACL application packets.

All other filing requirements for non-freshman applicants remain in place.  Complete application packets must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2020, and sent to:  National JACL Scholarship Committee, c/o JACL Midwest District Council, 10604 Killarney Drive, Union, Kentucky 41091.

Due to shelter-in-place orders, the processing of membership and membership numbers out of our San Francisco Headquarters Office may be delayed.  Phone messages are not easily retrievable so membership questions should be emailed to rather than calling.

Freshman Applications

There are NO CHANGES to deadlines for the national freshman scholarship applications.  The March 2, 2020 filing deadline has passed.  Chapters must still submit their most outstanding freshman applications to the National Freshman Scholarship Committee, c/o Seattle JACL, P.O. Box 18558, Seattle, WA 98118 no later than April 1, 2020. 

Chapters are also to inform their freshman applicants of whether their application has been forwarded onto the national competition or not.    

All students selected to receive National JACL scholarships will be notified in August and highlighted in a special scholarship edition of the Pacific Citizen in the Fall.

For any questions, you may contact Regional Director Patty Wada at or National Vice President Matthew Farrells at


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