JAMA Medical Student Scholarship

The Japanese American Medical Association (JAMA), a professional organization of physicians based in Los Angeles, is pleased to offer a scholarship for medical students in their first, second and third year. The JAMA Scholarship of $2500 is awarded annually based on the applicant’s academic achievement, financial need, and interest in serving the Japanese American community. JAMA initiated the scholarship in 2007 and has awarded ten recipients since its inception.

Selection Process: In the fall of each year, the medical schools in California post the scholarship information for their medical students. Additional announcements are published in the Rafu Shimpo Japanese Community Newspaper. Scholarship application forms are forwarded to applicants that include at least one letter of recommendation, a typewritten essay how their past experiences, present activities and future aspirations relate to the Mission Statement and history of JAMA, and, lastly a current medical school transcript. The deadline for completed applications is in mid-January of the following year. In early February, the Selection Committee assesses in a blinded process the individual applications. Final applicants are interviewed in person or by Skype in order to aid the committee’s final decision. Awardee(s) are notified thereafter and encouraged to attend the Spring Banquet to accept their awards and be recognized by the organization.

Please contact Gordon H. Sasaki,MD, chairperson for the JAMA Scholarship Selection Committee for further information at jgallegos@drsasaki.com