Hana Uno Shepard Memorial Scholarship

GLA annually awards the Hana Uno Shepard Memorial Scholarship. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior with a high achievement record, from a single-parent family, of Japanese descent, and a resident of Los Angeles or Orange County. The scholarship may be applied to any college, university, community college, fine arts, or vocational school. GLA provides the scholarship recipient with 4 years of JACL student membership.

In February, the application process may be started. The deadline to submit the application is May 31st.

The GLA application is available in 3 ways:

  • The high school counseling office may have the GLA forms.
  • The application is available as a Google form.
  • The application is available as a printable document.

Applicants have 3 options for submitting their applications:

For application questions and additional information: greaterlajacl@gmail.com

National JACL provides a variety of scholarships. See scholarships.

Click on recipients’ pictures and see their autobiographies.

2023 Scholarship Recipients

Caitlyn Chailitilerd

Kristi Ikemoto

Taylor Jo-Gibson

Mia Hennequin

Winston Clark

Satoru Eto

Jade Shimamoto

Shieru Wada

2022 Scholarship Recipients

Kenji Horigome

Jacob Oei

Isabella Wada

2021 Scholarship Recipients

No applications received.

2020 Scholarship Recipients

Ayame Lewis

Katie McNamara

Lauryn Murata

Marissa Rodriguez

Mylee Sumoge

2019 Scholarship Recipients

Kristin Kumagawa

Logan Luke

Samantha Murata

2018 Scholarship Recipients

Amy Baker

Tiffany Chen

Matthew Clingerman

Rikiya Smith

Andrew Gruhn, GLA Vice President of Young Adults Group and 2015 GLA scholarship recipient, was a GLA delegate to the JACL National Convention, July 31 – Aug. 4, 2019.

Click to see Andrew’s RAFU article and report of the convention.

See RAFU article.See Andrew's report.

Layne Sakamoto, GLA treasurer and 2009 GLA scholarship recipient, was a Kakehashi participant in 2014.

Kakehashi Project is an annual all expenses paid trip to Japan for young people 18-25.

For information see https://jacl.org/kakehashi

See Layne's report of the trip.