The 2019 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is pleased to announce the 32nd year of the annual Community Scholarship program for graduating seniors of Japanese descent in Northern California. Please provide the following application to those graduating seniors that qualify for our consideration as a recipient of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Community Service Scholarship.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicant must be a graduating senior of Japanese American descent at an accredited high school with a grade point average minimum of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0. Applicant should be actively involved in her or his local community.

AWARDS: Students will be awarded scholarships on the basis of commitment to their community, written essays, academic achievement, and personal character. Two winners will each receive $2,500 cash. Winners will participate in various Cherry Blossom Festival activities, including the Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony on Saturday, April 13, 2019, 1:00 pm, at the Peace Plaza Stage, Japantown, San Francisco.

DEADLINE: Postmarked no later than Saturday, March 15, 2019, and sent to the Cherry Blossom Festival Scholarship Committee, 2441 Farrol Avenue, Union City CA 94587-5258. Applicants may also hand deliver the application package to the National Japanese American Historical Society, 1684 Post Street, San Francisco, 415-921-5007, no later than Thursday, March 14, 2019, 12:00 noon. No electronic packet submissions will be accepted.

For further information, please call Steven Hirabayashi, 510-471-7324 or email at

The Nikkei Lions Club of San Francisco administers the Cherry Blossom Festival Scholarship Program for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Scholarships winners will be asked to provide a photograph to be used for the 2019 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival booklet and the media as requested.

2019 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Scholarship program application

2018 Community Service Scholarship Program