Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation,
in conjunction with Consulate General of Japan in LA
and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese
will host its 13th annual Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation
All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest.
The contest will provide opportunities for young learners of Japanese
to make presentations in Japanese
and to inspire more students to improve their proficiency in Japanese.
It is also hoped that the contest will encourage students to further their understanding of Japan,
its people, and its culture.
Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation
(DBA Aurora Foundation)
American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ)
Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles
University of California, Irvine, Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
Each speech must be five minutes or less in length.Choice of topic is open.Judges will base their decisions on content and presentation of speech, and interviews in Japanese with the Judges after each speech presentation.
Fifteen contestants will take part in the13th annual contest, to be held on May 27, 2017.
Contestants will be chosen from a pool consisting of the top three winners of various sub national/regional/state/multi-school Japanese language speech contests
held throughout the USA between April 1, 2016 and April 14, 2017.
The participants will be selected based on evaluations of tape recordings of the applicants' speeches in Japanese.
Eligibility & Application Requirements
- Be one of the top three winners of a sub-national/region/state/multi-school Japanese language speech contest held in the USA and its territories between April 1, 2016 and April 14, 2017.
- Provide a recommendation form completed on the applicant’s behalf by an official representative of that contest.
- Be high school students at the time of the Aurora speech contest
(senior year applicants graduating in May or June).
- Not be native speakers of Japanese of have a Japanese parent (Issei).
- Be a citizen of the USA or a Permanent Resident of the USA.
Aurora welcomes all students learning Japanese language in USA to enter the Aurora Speech Contest.
However, in order to enter the World Speech Contest in Japan the student must be a citizen of the USA or a permanent resident of the USA.
If the winner is not a citizen of the USA or permanent resident of the USA, we cannot send the contest winner as a USA representative.
In that case the next place winner would be eligible.
- Have not had more than six months of schooling in Japan after age six.
- Not have entered an International Speech Contest (Japanese Speech Award-organized by E.G.G., JSA Planning Committee) in the past.
Submit a copy of their speech (script)in applicants' own handwriting
an audio recording of the speech in Japanese
the completed application form
- The Grand Prize winner will receive a $1000 scholarship and a trip to the overseas students' Japanese
Speech Award (JSA) contest to be held in Tokyo, Japan, in the summer of 2017.
- The 2nd place winner will receive a $500 scholarship.
- The 3rd place winner will receive a $300 scholarship.
- All participants will receive a commendation.
All applications must be mailed
on or before April 19, 2017
send all required materials as attachments to
Subject Line: Aurora Speech Contest Aurora
Aurora Speech Contest
3127 Nichols Canyon Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Contest Schedule& Venue:
The 15 contestants will be invited to Los Angeles the weekend of May 26-28, 2017.
The sponsoring organization or the student will be responsible for transportation between the student's home and Los Angeles. The Aurora Foundation will cover all the contestants' appropriate expenses while in Los Angeles. Contestants will home-stay with Japanese host families in the Los Angeles area for two nights, unless a student wishes to make his or her own housing arrangements at his/her own expense.
April 19, 2017
All applications must be maild on or before
May 3, 2017
Announcement of the participants
May 26, 2017
Participants arrive in Los Angeles Attend Orientation, Welcome Party,
and Host Family Introductions
May 27, 2017
Humanities Instructional Building
University of California, Irvine
May 28, 2017
Free time. Participants depart from LA
All inquiries and requests for applications from representatives interested in entering the winners of their own speech contests should contact the Aurora Foundation by e-mail at email@example.com for further information.
News for 2017
Starting 2017, the Japanese teacher of the first-place winner of the annual All-U.S.A. High School Japanese Language Speech Contest will receive a $2,000 award
for attending the International Speech Contest held in Japan during the summer.
This award can be used for a roundtrip ticket to Japan and related expenses such as hotel and food.
If, for any reason, the particular teacher cannot attend the international contest, another teacher or administrator significantly involved in the education of the Japanese language in that school (e.g. the principal, another Japanese teacher, department chair) may be designated to go to Japan and attend the International Speech Contest instead.
2016 Application Form
Speech Script Form