General Information

Deadline: 11:59 PM Friday, March 6, 2020
Amount: $3,000

Cherry and Mas Kinoshita were very active in the area of civil rights/civil liberties.  Their contribution and leadership towards the redress for Japanese Americans incarceration during World War II was immense.  Cherry Kinoshita received the prestigious Washington State Jefferson Award for her work on Japanese American Redress.

The Cherry and Mas Kinoshita Scholarship will be given to applicants who are of Japanese ancestry, or individual members of the Seattle JACL, or active in the Seattle JACL community, and who plan to pursue or is pursuing studies and/or a career in political science, law, education, journalism, Asian American Studies, or other field leading to service to the community.  The Mas and Cherry Kinoshita Scholarship is a $3,000 scholarship and will be presented at our Chapter’s Scholarship luncheon.

  • Applicant must be accepted and enrolled in an accredited college or university in an undergraduate or graduate program for the fall of 2020.
  • Applicant must be of Japanese ancestry, or an individual member of the Seattle JACL, or actively involved with the Japanese American community.
  • Applicant must be planning to pursue or is pursuing studies in a field that would lead to service to the community.
  • Consideration will be given to applicants from Western Washington.
  1. Application and supporting documents must be uploaded by 11:59 PM PST on Friday, March 6, 2020
  2. Notification of interview status – Week of March 23, 2020
  3. Face to face interview (required) – Saturday, April 4, 2020
  4. Successful candidate must attend the scholarship luncheon – Saturday, May 9, 2020
Key Considerations
  • How will the applicant’s current or proposed studies lead to potential service to the community?
  • How has the applicant demonstrated or will demonstrate involvement with the Japanese American Community?
Required Documents
  1. An essay of 500 words or less to address this question: How do you think the incarceration of Japanese American during World War II and the subsequent awarding of redress from the US Government has affected our society today?
  2. Two letters of recommendation, one from faculty and/or a counselor at your school and the other from someone in the Japanese American community or a member of the Seattle JACL.
    (Note to faculty or counselor: Please address the student’s character, community service, extracurricular activities and academic achievement.)
  3. A copy of your official high school transcript(s), and, if applicable, your college transcript(s).
  4. A list of your extra-curricular and community activities which details the specific years and length of each activity, average amount of hours, and leadership positions in the activity. You may also include work experience or other pertinent information. Also, include a list of any awards or recognitions you have earned.

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