The Shirane Foundation’s objective is to support charitable and educational activities that recognize the global contributions of Mrs. Shirane and her long-standing belief in the importance of international experience for students and communities. A youth spent in England prior to World War II prepared her to bridge communications and commerce among nations throughout her lifetime.
The Shirane Foundation focuses on fostering cultural exchanges among the citizens of Japan and the greater San Antonio metropolitan area, by providing scholarships for international students. The Foundation accomplishes its mission through various avenues, one of which is making direct payments to qualified educational institutions in Japan, on behalf of successful applicants.
Initial funding for the Foundation has come from contributions made by friends of Mrs. Shirane and several local automotive suppliers. A Foundation goal is to expand the network of contributors, to include more automotive suppliers, private and public institutions and the public in general.[/vc_cta]