William E. Nakano UCLA Law School Memorial Scholarship Fund

In the fall of 1979, William E. Nakano, a native Los Angeleno and Sansei, entered his first year at UCLA’s School of Law. Bill’s future was tragically cut short when he passed away suddenly in an automobile accident the summer before his third year. To honor his memory and inspire others to follow his lead in humanitarian and community service, a group of UCLA Law School Alumni and classmates established a scholarship in his name. They included Estelle C. Chun, Michael F. Eng, Ronald N. Ito, Hon. Owen Lee Kwong, Ret., Vincent H. Nafarrete, Bert S. Nishimura and Millicent N. Sanchez.

For the past four decades, the William E. Nakano Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to deserving UCLA law students who have demonstrated a commitment to the welfare and future of the Asian Pacific Islander community. It is the only known UCLA Law School scholarship focused on the needs of the Asian Pacific Community. To ensure that Bill’s legacy continues to inspire other young attorneys, the scholarship has been transferred to the California Community Foundation where it can honor the dedicated efforts of future attorneys in perpetuity.

In remembrance, an anonymous donor has generously indicated their intent to match donations into the fund.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the William E. Nakano UCLA Law School Memorial Scholarship Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

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