Chiyo M. Hattori Medical Student Scholarship

The Chiyo M. Hattori Medical Student Scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship for a current or entering medical student of Japanese American descent. 

This scholarship was established by George N. Hattori in 2001, in loving memory of his wife, Chiyo M. Hattori, who passed away in August 2000 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Although her own higher education goals were thwarted by the onset of World War II, Mrs. Hattori was a staunch believer in education being the key to success in life. This belief stemmed from the educational philosophies deeply rooted in her Japanese upbringing. The Hattori’s only son, now a prominent cardiologist, was the recipient of a West-LA JACL scholarship upon graduation from high school. Mrs. Hattori’s profound gratitude for this is an expression of the orei in reciprocation. This award fulfills one of Mrs. Hattori’s final wishes - the creation of a scholarship grant for eligible, deserving students entering or enrolled in medical school.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Current or entering medical student of an accredited U.S. medical school
  • Has resided in Southern California within the past 5 years
  • Be of Japanese descent or have ties to Japanese American community
  • Current Venice-West Los Angeles JACL Chapter member (applicants can join here).

Applications for 2017 are closed now. Please check back Spring 2018 for next application window.

For any questions regarding scholarships, please contact Marisa Tamaru, Scholarship Chair, at