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Mary J. Yamamoto Memorial Scholarship

The Mary J. Yamamoto Memorial Scholarship helps young women graduating high school seniors from Nevada and Michigan who will be attending accredited colleges, universities, trade schools to obtain a 2 or 4-year degree or certificate. This scholarship is established in memory of Mary J. Yamamoto to support equal access to education. 

Deadline to apply is April 15th.

Eligible applicants will be young women who are graduating high school seniors from Washoe County, Nevada, and Huron County, Michigan, who will be attending accredited colleges, universities, or trade schools to obtain and 2 or 4-year degree or certificate. Applicants must be seeking a certification, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution; have a minimum GPA of 2.5; have a minimum SAT score of 1000 and/or ACT score of 22; be a U.S. citizen; and agree to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and submit an unofficial copy of transcripts at the end of each semester they are receiving an award.

This scholarship is a one-time award of up to $5,000. Applications must include: 1.) transcript; 2.) letter of recommendation from a high school teacher/faculty or a current employer; 3.) letter of acceptance from the chosen accredited institution of higher education; 4.) essay explaining why you chose your course of study, what you will accomplish with your education, and how this will impact your life and your family.


Mary Jean (Oberski) Yamamoto October 26, 1952 - February 14, 2020. 

Mary had a passion for everybody having equal opportunities and equal resources to be successful in life. 

Mary's delicious cooking and lovely decorations during holidays and celebrations were very special to her family. Mary genuinely cared about what was happening in her family members' and friends' lives. Chances are good that those whom Mary knew received a handwritten cards from her for any significant event in their life. They may have even received a care package! Mary was always thinking of others and their inclusion and wellbeing. That was her mantra. 

As the daughter of Polish dairy farmers in Michigan, Mary earned the opportunity to attend college which fundamentally changed her life. She understood the importance of that opportunity and sought all children she knew seek the same.