President's Greeting

 Akiko Agishi


and President

On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of the Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation, my sincere welcome to all those gathered here to celebrate the Aurora Foundation's 21st Anniversary.

Over the past 20 years, our Aurora Scholarship Awards and Grants have reached 71 recipients in the USA and now we are very proud to honor our three 2019 Awardees: Emi Yamasaki from New York, NY, recipient of the Japanese Language Scholarship; Jeffrey Burton from Lone Pine, CA, recipient of the Aurora Challenge Grant;

and Zane Marcus Adlam from San Diego, CA, winner of the All-USA High School Japanese Language Speech Contest.

These three 2019 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. This year, we are very grateful and proud to introduce Nicolai Bergmann, Flower Artist and Makiko Hirata, Dr. Pianist. Their one-of-a-kind performance here in LA todays 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 Awards Luncheon as well as at Nicholai Bergmann & Makiko Hirata for a very special Mini Concert / Performance.


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