The Elaine Reiko Akagi Scholarship

Provided by Japanese American Citizens League - Seattle

Established in 1921, the vision of the Japanese American Citizens League is to be one of the nation’s preeminent organizations in the United States in the areas of multi-ethnic and multi-cultural understanding and civil and human rights. JACL will continue to develop national programs and strategies to carry out its mission. We will promote the continuous regeneration of leadership in all aspects of public and community life, and fulfill our vision in the future. As a part of this vision, the JACL has offered scholarships to deserving young adults for many years. 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. 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. Eligibility: 1) 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. 2) Applicant must have a minimum 2.5 GPA
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2019 - 2020
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