CJAAA Scholarship Program

California Japanese American Alumni Association


The California Japanese American Alumni Association's Scholarship Program recognizes the noteworthy achievements of Japanese-American students attending the University of California. Scholarships are designed to promote scholastic achievement and community service, as well as assist students with the increasing costs of education.

Award Types

The “Mo” Noguchi Memorial Award will be given to CJAAA's top scholarship candidate along with a maximum potential of $3000. The award is named after Moriaki Noguchi, a founding member and long-time president of CJAAA. His work is largely responsible for the existence of the scholarship program and thus this award is in his memory.

The George Kondo Memorial Award will be given to the candidate judged to have the best community service record. This award is given in memory of its namesake who served the Japanese American community with tireless devotion.

The Yori Wada Memorial Award will be given this year to the applicant with the most outstanding record of public service. This scholarship is being given in honor of Yori Wada, former UC Regent, who recently passed away. The award will be at least $2,000.

To encourage young Japanese-Americans to study abroad, CJAAA additionally offers an annual scholarship between $2,500 to 5,000 to a student accepted to the University of California Education Abroad Program in Japan and having a minimum GPA of 3.5. Applicants should inquire at their local campus for more information about the Education Abroad Program.


American citizens of Japanese ancestry who are entering, returning or continuing undergraduate or graduate students at any University of California campus. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is recommended, but all others are encouraged to apply (especially those with a strong community service record). Recipients who have previously received a CJAAA Scholarship of $1,000 or more are NO longer eligible.


Approximately eight to ten awards between $1,000 and $3,000 are awarded each year.


Applications are currently due by May 1, 2002.


How to Apply

If you are eligible, please request an application by writing to:
PO Box 15235
San Francisco, CA 94115-0235.

To receive the application by email, contact current CJAAA Scholarship Chair, Trevor Nakagawa at scholarships@cjaaa.org. You can also download this document and an application form from the CJAAA website at www.cjaaa.org.

Any questions you may have can be directed to the following: Bay Area: Trevor H. Nakagawa 510-704-1425. UCLA: Tak Shishino 310-837-3891. San Diego: Tom Sonoda 760-724-3025. Irvine: Kurt Yoshii 714-472-0095 ext 42.

Complete all sections of the application form and follow the directions carefully. Please type. You may use extra pages if necessary, but please use the form whenever possible.

Tips: Proofread your application and essay for typographical and grammatical errors. Have someone else review your essay and make revisions based on their feedback. Emphasize your community activities.

Selection is done by a CJAAA volunteer scholarship committee of at least five members. Notification will occur sometime in June 2002.

For additional information, please contact Trevor Nakagawa at scholarships@cjaaa.org.

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2002