President's Greeting



Akiko Agishi


and President

 My heartfel THANKS to all the friends & longtime supporters of Aurora Foundadation through our 20 ysars.


On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of the Japanese LanguageScholarship Foundation, my sincere welcome to all those gathered here to celebrate the Aurora Foundation's 19th Anniversary.  Over the past 18 years, our Aurora Scholarship Awards and Grants have reached 65 recipients in the USA and now we are very proud to honor our three 2017 Awardees: Michelle Lupisan from Salinas, CA, recipient of the Japanese Language Scholarship; Jeffrey Gee Chin from San Francisco, CA, recipient of the Aurora Challenge Grant; and Yu Xuan Chen from New York, winner of the All-USA High School Japanese Language Speech Contest. These three 2017 recipients are our Aurora Ambassadors of great possibilities!! We warmly welcome them to join our foundation as valuable members of the Aurora Family.  I extend my heartiest congratulations to all these excellent scholars.

Since our auspicious first year, we've had the honor and pleasure of hosting renowned artists from Japan.  This year, we are very grateful and proud to introduce Aki Yashiro, a very popular, top singer in Japan for 47 years. Her one-of-a-kind performance here in LA is in support of the Aurora Foundation's mission and we sincerely believe that her generous contribution will enrich the lives of our Southern California community.  Please enjoy celebrating with us at the Award Dinner as well as at Aki Yashiro's very special Benefit Concert.

My heartfelt appreciation to everyone who has given of their time and efforts to help the Aurora Foundation grow. Your warm, continuous support and advocacy endow us with encouragements, with inspiration, and with the determination to persevere in our efforts. 

This year, we are celebrating our 20th Anniversary with Masashi Sada, Aurora Foundation's Honorary Chairman. I hope you will be able to join us again for this special milestone, this very significant occasion. 

Thank you all.