Fred M Yamamoto Scholarship Fund

$15,692 of $4,420 goal

Raised by 110 people in 1 month
Created March 30, 2018
Fred Yamamoto was a Japanese American Palo Altan who faced racial adversity and forced incarceration during World War II.  He was a youth leader who inspired others with his devotion to equality and community. A decorated soldier, he was killed in action fighting for American ideals of democracy and justice.

The PAUSD Recommending School Names Advisory Committee strongly recommended that the PAUSD school district consider the inspirational legacy of this remarkable young man when selecting new names for our two middle schools.  However, some community members expressed concerns about the negative association with the (unrelated) Admiral Yamamoto of the Imperial Japanese Navy.  The school board, therefore, decided not to name a school in honor of Fred.  

This has been a difficult and painful issue, but also presents us with an opportunity to seek to build empathy and understanding.  Fred's message of faith in American democracy and justice, resilience in the face of discrimination and adversity, and devotion and service to community can be an inspiration to us all.  With the blessing of his family, we are setting up a modest scholarship fund in Fred Yamamoto's memory.  At the close of the 2017/18 School Year, we will use the donations to award and recognize a student (or students) who have demonstrated civic leadership, inclusion and service reminiscent of Fred's spirit. (Depending on the sum raised, we might be able to keep the Scholarship active for more than one year.)

We believe this is an effort many in the community can come together to join: those who supported Fred's nomination and those who opposed it.  For anyone who was inspired by Fred Yamamoto's service and sacrifice and wants to work to keep his memory alive: Thank You!

"Let us not be pessimistic, nor overly optimistic, but let us keep faith- faith in the dignity and goodness of man." - Fred Yamamoto

For more information about Fred Yamamoto, see the following:

Fred Yamamoto's Story:

The Verde Article that inspired his nomination:

WWII Veterans of Japanese Ancestry, including the 442nd Combat Team:

Heart Mountain WWII Japanese American Confinement Site:

The RSN Report:
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Wonderful news: The PAUSD Business Office has approved our application to hold the funds for the Fred M Yamamoto Scholarship in trust in the district's bank account.

Susan Salvador, who manages all the Trust fund financials for PAUSD is our official trustee. She has initiated the process to withdrawal the current donations and set up a method to automatically deposit any additional donations going forward.

We are delighted to be partnering with PAUSD to ensure these funds are secure and our accounting is transparent. Thank you again to all our wonderful donors.

Our goal is to announce the first Fred M Yamamoto Scholar by the second week of May, and to present the award at the graduation ceremony.
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Update! On behalf of the Yamamoto family, a heartfelt thank you to all of Fred’s generous supporters! We are touched by the outpouring of donations and warm sentiments expressed by those who left comments and shared perspectives. With your amazing response, we have far exceeded our original goal and will be able to keep the offer Scholarships for multiple years! Thank you!!

We are pleased to present the details and application for our first annual Fred Yamamoto Scholarship Award. We are seeking a graduating Palo Alto Senior who exemplifies Fred Yamamoto's spirit of civic leadership, inclusion and service. Historically underrepresented, under resourced, and first generation college bound students are especially encouraged to apply. The timeframe is very short, as the school year quickly comes to a close. Deadline date for applications is Monday, April 30. So please help us spread the word to Seniors!

Details of the Scholarship Award can be found here:

The application can be found here:
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Raised by 110 people in 1 month
Created March 30, 2018
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