West L.A. JACL Announces Scholarship Winners

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Scholarship winners, from left, Cami Nagai (representing her brother Grant), Lily Sloan, Jason Oyakawa and Edward Kobayashi, with 2013 Miss Western Los Angeles Steffi Fukunaga.

Scholarship winners, from left, Cami Nagai (representing her brother Grant), Lily Sloan, Jason Oyakawa and Edward Kobayashi, with 2013 Miss Western Los Angeles Steffi Fukunaga.

The West Los Angeles chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League announced its scholarship winners recently.

Edward Kobayashi, a first-year medical student, was awarded the $2,500 Chiyo M. Hattori Scholarship designated to an outstanding student pursing an education in medicine. Grant Nagai, Jason Oyakawa and Lily Sloan were recipients of the Jack Nomura High School Scholarship.

Kobayashi, 25, completed his first year at the Quinnipiac University School of Medicine in Hamden, Conn. The son of Yumie and Makoto Kobayashi of Burlingame graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a degree in psychobiology and a minor in Japanese. Kobayashi served as president of the Nikkei Student Union, has been involved in the Shinnyo-en Buddhist Temple Youth Association and initiated the “100 Acts of Service” project. He is also a volunteer at the Kimochi Senior Home in San Francisco and is planning a summer lecture series on health topics for the elderly.

Nagai graduated from Pacifica Christian High School in Santa Monica, where he excelled academically and participated in basketball and baseball. The son of Linda and Mike Nagai of Los Angeles was also involved with the Venice Youth Council and Boy Scout Troop 764. He will attend Loyola Marymount University in the fall.

Oyakawa graduated from Santa Monica High School and played competitive tennis for his school and the U.S. Tennis Association. He was the managing editor of the school yearbook and a member of the wind ensemble band and the Japanese National Honor Society. The son of Miriam and Denis Oyakawa of Santa Monica will attend Reed College in Portland, Ore.

Sloan, the daughter of Midori Tashiro and Blake Sloan of Los Angeles, graduated from Venice High School and will attend UC Irvine this fall. She is president of the West Los Angeles United Methodist Church’s youth group and received several scholastic honors, including an AP Scholar Award, Biliteracy Award and Jacket of Excellence Award for overall academic achievement.

Each high school awardee received $750. The scholarship is named in honor of longtime chapter board member Jack Nomura, who passed away last year.

For more information, contact the WLA JACL at [email protected]

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