Scholarship Program

2020 JACL Chicago Scholarship Program

KEY DATES:

Application Deadline – February 1, 2020

Scholarship Luncheon – May 17, 2020

JACL Chicago Scholarship Program Guidelines

The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization whose mission is to advance social justice and promote the legacy and cultural heritage of the Japanese American community.

The Chicago Chapter of JACL offers scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000+ to undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated a commitment to JACL’s mission. Scholarships are awarded based on an applicant’s understanding of and alignment with JACL’s mission, as well as academic performance and extracurricular involvement. Scholarships are open to all, regardless of race or ethnicity. Previous JACL Chicago scholarship winners applying for a second award must demonstrate sustained engagement with JACL.

Funding for scholarships is provided by generous donations from JACL Chicago members and the greater Chicago Japanese American community.

Applications are due on February 1, 2020. Awards will be distributed at the annual Scholarship Luncheon on May 17, 2020.

For more information, contact Christine Munteanu, JACL Chicago Scholarship Committee Chair, at scholarships@jaclchicago.org.

 

Eligibility

  • JACL Membership: Applicants who have not previously received a JACL Chicago scholarship do not need to be JACL members to apply for a scholarship. If selected to receive a scholarship, first-time winners will receive a one-year student membership to JACL Chicago as part of their award. Previous winners must have a current student or individual JACL Chicago membership valid through the end of 2020.
  • Enrollment Status: Applicants must be full-time students at an accredited college, university, or other institution of higher learning in the United States for the fall of 2020. Students deferring enrollment will not qualify for the 2020 scholarship program. Awards are contingent on proof of enrollment.
  • Residency: Applicants must be residents of the State of Illinois (although attendance at schools outside of Illinois is permissible) OR actively enrolled in an accredited Illinois university, college, or institution of higher learning at the time of application.
  • Limits: JACL Chicago scholarship winners are limited to receiving a total of two (2) awards in their lifetime.
  • Scholarship Luncheon: All scholarship winners are required to attend the Scholarship Luncheon on Sunday, May 17, 2020. Awards will be distributed on this date. Any awardee who does not attend without prior approval from the scholarship committee will forfeit their award.
  • Taxes: Scholarship awards may be considered taxable income. Awardees will be required to provide their Social Security Number and will be issued an IRS 1099 Form.

 

Scholarship Review Process

Scholarship applications are reviewed by the JACL Chicago Scholarship Committee. Applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Academic performance: 17.4%; 16% for past winners
  • JACL involvement: 17.4%; 16% for past winners
  • Social justice involvement: 17.4%; 16% for past winners
  • Other activities: 17.4%; 16% for past winners
  • Personal statement (quality of writing, demonstrated understanding of and alignment with JACL’s mission): 21.7%; 28% for past winners
  • Letters of recommendation: 8.7%; 8% for past winners

 

How to Apply

  • Download and complete the 2020 Scholarship Application Form (You may download the 2020 Scholarship Guidelines here)
  • All application materials, including application form and supplemental pages, official transcript(s), and recommendation letters must be included in one complete application packet. Do not submit materials separately. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Applications must be received or postmarked by Saturday, February 1, 2020. Late applications will not be considered.
  • Send complete application packet to:
    JACL Chicago Scholarship Committee
    5415 N. Clark St.
    Chicago, IL 60640
  • Electronic submissions will not be accepted.
  • Applicants will be notified of the Scholarship Committee’s decision in April 2020. All decisions of the Scholarship Committee are final.

For questions or more information, contact Christine Munteanu, JACL Chicago Scholarship Committee chair, at scholarships@jaclchicago.org.

NOTE: The Japanese American Citizens League administers a National Scholarship Program that is separate and independent from the JACL Chicago Scholarship Program. For information about the JACL National Scholarship Program, please visit: www.jacl.org/jacl-national-scholarship-program.

2020 Scholarship Application available now!