Need-based scholarships for 50% of the program fee to study abroad for a year in Japan.

Made possible by the generosity of Mark Siegel and Joan Bowman Siegel

The Sakura (cherry blossom) Scholarship is a 50%, merit- and need-based scholarship. This scholarship covers half of the AFS-USA program fee for a high school year program in Japan.

Scholarship Details:

How to Apply:

  1. To be considered, start your AFS application.
  2. Complete your FAST application.
  3. Contact to request the Sakura Scholarship essay task or speak with your Study Abroad Specialist at 1 (800) AFS-INFO.
  4. Once requested, the Sakura scholarship essay will appear in the Next Steps of your AFS dashboard.


The application deadline for the 2019 Sakura Scholarship has now passed.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Scholarships Team at

Anneau Cappelmann In my Japanese school, I was surrounded by amazingly focused and bright people who always tried their hardest. That kind of work ethic and enduring spirit has forever shaped me into someone with a thirst for knowledge.- Anneau, SC