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 29 scholarship recipients and $19,000 awarded. This year we awarded the scholarship to Meggan Uyeda.

$ 750.00
MUMeggan Uyeda, daughter of Milagros Uyeda of Gardena, will graduate from Narbonne STEM Magnet High School in June. Meggan will graduate with many academic achievements including being a member of the AP Scholar with Honor and Honor Roll in Fall/Spring of 2014, 2015 and 2016. She also received the Achievement and AP Readiness Completion Certificates

Meggan’s on campus activities is comprised of Key Club Historian,  National Honor Society Treasurer, member of the Chess Club, Educational Talent Search, Best Buddies, Council for Student Intellec and Editor-in-Chief for Journalism. Meggan’s off campus activities includes Math and Reading Tutor and volunteering at the Aquarium of the Pacific VolunTEEN program as a VolunTEEN Mentor where teens receive special instruction on many aspects of marine life and the Pacific Ocean; in turn, they  share this information with guests at interactive stations in each gallery.
Meggan will be attending the University of California, San Diego in the fall, majoring in Bioengineering.


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