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How Do Students Apply for a Korean American Scholarship?

If you are a qualified Korean American student, you may be eligible for Korean American scholarships. To apply for a Korean American scholarship, you must meet the criteria set by each provider.

A common first rule is you need to be of Korean heritage. Maybe you have a Korean parent, grandparent, or great grandparent. Or, you were adopted from Korea.

Many providers also look for applicants with a 3.0 GPA and who need financial help to pay for college. To make your application shine, you might need to submit references and an essay as well.

The people of Korea developed a unique artistic sense. Their heritage blends traditional value for humanity, Korean customs and now, modern vibes.

Today’s Korean culture has monochrome paintings, shrines, palaces and literary works. Not to mention, Kpop music from BTS, Kdrama, dance and yes, yummy Korean BBQ.

You don’t necessarily need to speak the Korean language. But you must show proof you are a full time student at an accredited college in the U.S.

If this is part of your family history, many scholarships for Korean college students exist. In fact, a main provider is the nonprofit, Korean American Scholarship Fund, or KASF.

KASF offers scholarships ranging from $500 to $5000. They have different awards for high school students, college and graduate students.

Also, the scholarships they offer go by regions. For instance, the KASF Eastern Region Scholarship is for students who go to a partner school located in this area.

What Colleges Provide Scholarships for Korean Americans?

Many colleges partner with the KASF to offer scholarships to Korean American Students.

Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences is one example. They offer the scholarship stipend through the KASF. It is open to Korean American students who are pursuing a MA in United Nations and Global Studies at Rutgers.

Boston College offers the Benigno and Corazon Aquino ScholarshipIt is awarded each spring. The scholarship goes to a college junior with strong academics. They also must be active in Asian American issues.

Why Students Should Apply for a Scholarship?

Some of the costs of college go to tuition and fees. But as any student knows, there are books and supplies to buy. Room and board plus meals are additional expenses for college students.

The total cost (tuition, fees, room and board) at a public college is about $17,237 according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

The main benefit of a Korean American scholarship is that it is not a loan. You don’t have to pay it back, so the money is yours to use for college and expenses.

List of Korean American Scholarships

Check out our list of Korean American scholarships below. We have 64 awards worth $223K.

AAJA Sports Journalism Scholarship

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational and professional organization. At present, it has more than 1,500 members across the United States and Asia. Since its founding, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry. The Al Young Sports Journalism Scholarship honors its namesake. Al Young is an award-winning journalist who blazed many trails for Asian American sports journalists. He is the nation’s first Asian American sportswriter at a metro daily. He is also the first Asian American to cover the NFL as the New Haven Register beat writer for the New York Giants and Jets. The AAJA Sports Task Force is pleased to offer a scholarship of up to $2,000 to current college students interested in pursuing sports journalism/media as a career through the Al Young Sports Journalism scholarship.

Total: $2000

Awards: 1

Deadline: January 31, 2021

Korean Ancestry Grant

Set up by Dr. William Orr Dingwall with the purpose of supporting students in their pursuit of undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in a variety of fields, the foundation oversees the distribution of the Korean Ancestry Grants to students of Korean ancestry (and a limited number of exceptional students of other Asian ancestry) pursuing undergraduate degrees at accredited universities in the United States.

Total: $70000

Awards: 7

Deadline: April 01, 2021

Hsiao Memorial Social Sciences Scholarship

The mission of the Asian Pacific Fund is to strengthen the Asian and Pacific Islander community in the Bay Area by increasing philanthropy and supporting the organizations that serve their most vulnerable community members. Ten scholarships are given to help undergraduate and graduate students achieve their education goals.

Total: $1000

Awards: 1

Deadline: May 11

Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational and professional organization. At present, it has more than 1,500 members across the United States and Asia. Since its founding, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry. The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is proud to partner with Facebook to establish the Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship. This program offers financial assistance for students who aspire to pursue a career in journalism and media. This partnership fosters AAJA’s and Facebook’s commitment to supporting quality journalism that strengthens and connects communities.

Total: $50000

Awards: 5

Deadline: May 29

KASF Scholarships

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF) is a non-profit, volunteer-managed organization established to help meet the financial needs of Korean-American students seeking higher education. KASF scholarships (which range from $500 to $5,000) are offered to the qualified Korean American students (including foreign students from Korea). All applicants must be enrolled in a full time program in the U.S during the scholarship application year. If extra funds are available, other students (non Koreans) may qualify for scholarships. Specifically, descendants of American veterans served during the Korean War may qualify for scholarships (applicable to selective regions).

Total: $5000

Awards: 10

Deadline: June 30

KASF Scholarship for Descendants of American War Veterans

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF) is a non-profit, volunteer-managed organization established to help meet the financial needs of Korean-American students seeking higher education. The Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF) – Eastern Regional Chapter (ERC) offers a new scholarship program in honor and recognition of 1.6 million American Veterans who served in the Korean War during the Korean War era (June 25, 1950–January 31, 1955). These men and women answered the call to fight for a country and people they never knew and never met. More than 54,000 Americans died and 103,000 were wounded. To express their gratitude to these Veterans for their sacrifices, KASF-ERC will offer their descendants an opportunity to apply for a scholarship. KASF-ERC scholarship program will recognize outstanding students who have demonstrated outstanding talents and potential for success. Awardees will receive a check of $2,000 scholarships from KASF and be able to attend the KASF-ERC Award Ceremony & Banquet in Washington, D.C.

Total: $2000

Awards: 10

Deadline: June 30

Central California Asian Pacific Women Scholarships

Central California Pacific Women prepares and empowers Asian and Pacific Island women from the Central Valley to advocate for gender and social justice by supporting and providing leadership and mentoring opportunities in the Central Valley and beyond.

Total: $1000

Awards: 10

Deadline: June 30

Daniel Kim Scholarship

Azusa Pacific Seminary students may access a variety of financial aid opportunities to fund their studies. This scholarship is awarded to students in the Korean master’s theology program. The Korean Seminary Program offers courses in Korean (directly or translated) for various Azusa Pacific Seminary degree programs at the Los Angeles Regional site.

Total: $1000

Awards: 10

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