2013 / Aurora Foundation to provide grant to a creative individual for visiting Japan

Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation (dba Aurora Foundation) is currently accepting applications for the year 2013 Aurora Challenge Grant.


 You can download the application form online at www.jlsf-aurora.org

The deadline is now extended again to May 15, 2013, and qualification information is as follows.


Applications are now being accepted for the AURORA CHALLENGE GRANT (CG).

The grant will be awarded to a citizen of the USA who resides in California and has a unique dream, in any field of endeavor, which is related to Japanese culture and which it would never be possible to realize without traveling to Japan between fall 2013 and summer 2014.

There is no age limit and no GPA/Scholastic achievement requirement.

The award will go to an individual with a creative dream or challenge that, if fulfilled, would contribute to global goodwill and intercultural appreciation.

The winner will receive a $3000 scholarship and roundtrip air tickets up to $1,500 from the USA to Japan (economy class).

The recipient can travel anytime (for any duration) between fall 2013 and summer 2014.

By awarding this grant, the Aurora Foundation hopes to help the winner enhance the pursuit of her or his truest, most heartfelt dream by providing the opportunity for a once in a lifetime experience.

All applicants must be citizens of the USA. Selection criteria will include the commitment of the applicants to their dream projects, necessity of Aurora’s support, and positive future potential.

After the Japan trip, the grant awardee will be required to submit a report to the AuroraFoundation about the experience in Japan and progress of the project.


• Applicant must be a citizen of USA residing in California.

• Must have a unique and voluntary dream or challenge which requires travel toJapan between fall 20123 and summer 2014.

• Must be available for an interview in person or by phone.

• Must be able to attend the award ceremony to be held in Los Angeles in Fall 2013.

(Date TBD). (Travel expenses and accommodations will be covered by JLSF as needed.)



Completed application form

• Current resume/biography

• Materials supporting the applicant’s project or concept, if applicable (such as photographs,video, visual aids, etc.)

• Photograph of the applicant (optional)

• Two letters of reference

• A typed letter no longer than 3 pages on 8″ x 11″ (double spaced, font size12pt) that describes the potential scholarship recipient and the project.

The letter should include the applicant’s background, goals, current activities, and
a detailed description of the proposed activity in Japan and a proposed budget(excluding airfare between the USA and Japan)


All applications for the Aurora Challenge Grant must be submitted by May 1, 2013

AURORA Challenge Grant Application

3127 Nichols Canyon Road

Los Angeles CA 90046


One winner will be from California and selection will be announced by June 27, 2013.

Entries, including photographs, will not be critiqued or returned. From the time of submission, all entries are the property of the JLSF.


Applications will be judged by the Aurora Foundation selection committee and the JLSF BOARD of Directors, according to following criteria:

• Firm commitment to his/her dream project and to some facet of Japanese culture.

• Necessity of Aurora Foundation’s support.

• Experience and background pertinent to the applicant’s dream project.

• Future potential to enhance global goodwill and intercultural appreciation of mankind.

Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation
Aurora Foundation

3127 Nichols canyon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90046


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