General Information

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

The Elaine Reiko Akagi Scholarship was launched in 2011 as a scholarship intended to encourage people of color to enter the field of education (teaching) with preference to those entering Special Education.  This is an area of education, which unfortunately, sees many students of color, but an area where the students don’t see role models that look like them.  It is the goal of this scholarship to bring some equality to the ratio of students and teachers of color.  

Elaine Reiko Akagi retired as an educator in 2010 after 38 years in the public school system.  She was a community activist, mentor and advocate for children of color; she worked with students in many settings, from preschool through high school.  She saw the relief on a parent’s face when the parent saw a teacher who looked like her child.  There was an instant connection.  And the students, too, connected with someone who “looked” like them.  Ms. Akagi passed away on October 19, 2012 after a very brief but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  The Elaine Reiko Akagi scholarship is a $3,000 scholarship and will be presented at the luncheon.

  • Applicant should have a declared major in education or a field related to education, i.e. educational psychology or occupational, physical or speech therapy with the intent of working in a school district at the time of application.
  • Applicant must have a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • 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 does the applicant plan to give back to the education community?
  • What are the reasons the applicant wishes to pursue a career in the field of education?
  • What experiences has the applicant had in working with children with disabilities?
  • What experiences does the applicant demonstrate in working with children of color?
  • In what teaching field is the applicant specializing?
Required Documents
  • An essay of 500 words or less to address this question: Statistics have shown that there is a higher percentage of children of color in our special education classrooms. Yet, there are disproportionately fewer teachers of color in those classrooms. Why is it important that we increase the number of teachers of color in Special Education classrooms?
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from faculty in the field of education and one from someone who has observed you working with children. (Note to faculty or observer: Please address the student’s character, community service, extracurricular activities and academic achievement.)
  • A copy of your official transcript(s).
  • A list of your extracurricular 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 awards or recognitions you have earned.

Step 1 of 2

  • Basic Information

  • Education

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