Recipients of the Hirosuke Ishiguro/ Westside Scholarship ​

In 2002, the Japanese the Westside Church of Christ sold their building and the congregation donated more than half a million dollars to setup the Ishiguro Westside Japan Endowed Scholarship at Pepperdine University. The scholarship is awarded annually to Church of Christ graduate students in the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Religion or Master of Science in Ministry programs at Pepperdine University through the Religion and Philosophy Division. Every year, scholarship recipients and former Westside congregation members get together for a lunch in Los Angeles.

The Religion and Philosophy Division maintains this site in gratitude
for the Westside Church of Christ's generosity towards our graduate students.


Rachel Yoshimura

2018-2019 Recipient

Rachel Yoshimura is from Kailua, Hawai’i and graduated from Pepperdine in 2018 with a B.A. in Communication. She chose to attend Pepperdine because of its warm community and its opportunities to challenge and grow her faith. During her senior year at Pepperdine, Rachel met Jeff Walling, the Director of Pepperdine’s Youth Leadership Initiative, who encouraged her to apply for the Next Generation Preacher Search. Prior to the Next Gen program, Rachel had never considered working in ministry, but God used the program to reveal this calling on her life. Receiving this scholarship allowed Rachel to realistically consider pursuing further studies that would equip her for ministry. She is currently working on her M.S. in Ministry at Pepperdine and expects to complete this degree in the summer of 2020.