South Bay JACL Scholarship Recipients

Janice Kobata Zoeger was born in Gardena, California and spent the World War II years in the Amache, Colorado internment camp. Returning to Gardena in 1945, she graduated from Gardena High School in 1956 and from UCLA in 1961 with a secondary teaching credential.

Janice taught Latin, Biology and Business Skills at Ulysses S. Grant High School in the San Fernando Valley for several years before entering the business world. She was the founder and owner of Athena Business Forms which specialized in the printing of business materials. Janice continued operating her business until her death in1999.

In December of the year 2000, Janice's husband, John Zoeger, also a retired teacher established a perpetual scholarship award program in her memory. The scholarships are designed to be given to one or more qualified candidates to support their attendance at any college or university of their choice for a Bachelor's or graduate degree in any field of study relating to biological sciences, foreign and/or ancient languages or business.

John Zoeger passed away in 2004 and both the Kobata and Zoeger families are confident that the administration of this gift by the South Bay J.A.C.L. will serve to memorialize Janice and John's commitment to higher education. The first scholarship was awarded in 2007. Since that date there has been 26 scholarship recipients and $17,000 awarded. This year two more names were added to this list.

$ 500.00
dk Devon Kawada, daughter of Arthur and Kumiko Kawada of Torrance, graduated from South Torrance High School in June with academic achievements including being on the Honor Roll since 9th grade.

Devon’s on campus activities include being the Publicity Commissioner for the South High Student Council, she was a Student Athletic Trainer for South High and a member of the South High Pep Squad. Devon was also the Co-Founder and Vice President of the Japanese Tomodachi Club.

Her off campus activities includes being a volunteer for Patty Brown Physical Therapy and a volunteer at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

Devon will be attending Oregon State University the fall, majoring in Kinesiology.



$ 500.00

rsRyan Isamu Shiozaki, son of Keith and Christine Shiozaki of Rancho Palos Verdes, graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2014 with a degree in Psychobiology.

While at UCLA, Ryan was on the Dean’s Honor Roll and was both the first and second author for the Journal of Investigative Medicine for Heart Transplant. He was a Student Researcher and Research Intern at Cedar Sinai Heart Institute.

Ryan also tutored high school students for UCLA PACT Tutoring and the UCLA’s Men’s Basketball Team Manager.

Ryan will be attending the Azusa Pacific School Nursing, seeking to be a Nurse Practitioner.


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