General Information

Deadline: 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, March 3, 2024
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 on Sunday, March 3, 2024
  2. Notification of interview status – Week of March 25, 2024
  3. Online Zoom interview (required) – Saturday, April 20, 2024
  4. Scholarship winners are invited to attend an awards lunch – Saturday, May 4, 2024
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
  • Application
  • Essay
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Work experience and/or extra-curricular activities summary. Please download and fill out this activities summary template.
  • Two recommendation forms: at least one recommendation must be submitted by a non-related teacher, counselor, school administrator, and/or employer; one recommendation can be submitted by a community leader.

The recommendation form can be downloaded here. Applicants are encouraged to download the form and send it to their recommenders.

Recommenders should submit the completed form on the Recommendation Form page: Forms must be submitted by the application deadline.


Step 1 of 2

  • Basic Information

  • Education

If you have questions about the application process, contact Mika Rothman at