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Kikuyo and Kinjiro Nakatani Scholarships 2018-2019

The Buddhist Church of Florin’s Kikuyo and Kinjiro Nakatani Scholarship program offers academic financial assistance to our church members’ high school and college students with six scholarships:

  • A $3,000 scholarship and a $1,500 scholarship to graduating senior high school students;
  • A $4,000 scholarship, a $2,500 scholarship, a $1,500 scholarship and a $1,000 scholarship to students attending a university, college or vocational school.

Graduating high school students who will be attending and/or students attending an accredited college, university or vocational school in 2018-2019 may apply for the scholarships.  The student’s parent(s) or student must be a member of the Buddhist Church of Florin to be eligible for the scholarships.

The evaluation criteria will be:

  • Active involvement in church, community and school activities
  • Scholastic achievement
  • Essay
  • In-person interview

The Scholarship Committee will place a heavier weight on activities and responsibilities performed at the Buddhist Church of Florin or at a local Buddhist Temple for out-of-town college students.  A highly competitive applicant is one who demonstrates active participation at the Buddhist Church of Florin with emphasis on Dharma School, YBA or other church activities.  Leadership roles, in special projects at the Buddhist Church of Florin or special projects for its members, will be a definite plus when evaluating applicants.  The special project should show the application of Buddhist teachings in day-to-day life.  Special projects can be performed independently or in conjunction with a Dharma School, YBA activity or church event.  Applicants should discuss their special project with the Dharma School Superintendent, YBA advisor or church Board President.  The same applies for those out-of-town college students who participate at a local Buddhist Temple.  Out-of-town college students can contact Walter Menda for a local Buddhist Temple near their campus.

Church Member Parents-Please encourage your children to apply for the Buddhist Church of Florin’s Kikuyo and Kinjiro Nakatani Scholarships.  Applications will be available from the Nakatani Scholarship Chairperson, Walter Menda, or Florin Dharma School Superintendent, YBA advisors and YABA President in January 2018.

Application Deadline: Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered to the Nakatani Scholarship Chairperson by midnight, April 1, 2018.

Contact Walt Menda at for an application.