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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 $5,000. 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 Scholarship. It 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 $18,383 in 2018-2019 according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

The main benefit of a Korean American scholarship is that it is not a student 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 90 awards worth $495K.

LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology

U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned no more than 12 hours towards a Master of Library Science degree by June of the award year are eligible for this award. Students must be members of a principal minority group; attend an ALA-accredited school; and plan to enter the library automation field.

Total: $2500

Awards: 1

Deadline: March 01, 2023

Appraisal Institute Education & Relief Minorities and Women in Education Scholarship

Awarded on the basis of academic excellence, the AEIRF Minorities and Women Education Scholarship offsets the cost of degrees in real estate appraisal or related fields.

Total: $1000

Awards: 1

Deadline: April 01, 2023

KASF Southern Region Scholarship

This scholarship is available for Korean-American students who are currently enrolled as a high school junior or senior, as an undergraduate, or as a graduate student. Applicants must reside in one of the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, or Tennessee.

Total: $5000

Awards: 1

Deadline: June 30, 2023

KASF Eastern Region Scholarship

This award is available for Korean-American students living in and attending school in Delaware, District of Columbia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or West Virginia. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and plan to enroll full time.

Total: $5000

Awards: 1

Deadline: June 30, 2023

KASF Scholarship for Descendants of American Korean War Veterans

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF) – Eastern Regional Chapter (ERC) is pleased to announce a 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 our 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 Vienna, VA.

Total: $4000

Awards: 2

Deadline: June 30, 2023

KASF Northeastern Region Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to Korean-American undergraduate or graduate students who are attending college in the northeastern region of the U.S. as defined by the Korean American Scholarship Fund. The following states are eligible: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Total: $5000

Awards: 1

Deadline: June 30, 2023

Korean American Scholarship Foundation – Western Regional Chapter

KASF is organized into seven regions and the scholarship application process is handled separately by each region. Please select the state where the school you will be attending during the scholarship year is located for the proper instructions on submitting your application. Students may apply for more than one scholarship types; however, they can only be awarded one scholarship type.

Total: $5000

Awards: 1

Deadline: June 30, 2023

KASF Southwestern Region Scholarship

This award is available for Korean-American students who are residing in or attending school in one of the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Total: $5000

Awards: 1

Deadline: June 30, 2023

Korean American Scholarship Foundation-Eastern Regional Chapter

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF) – Eastern Regional Chapter (ERC) is pleased to announce a 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 our 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 Vienna, VA.

Total: $2000

Awards: 1

Deadline: June 30, 2023

KASF Midwestern Region Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to Korean-American undergraduate or graduate students who are currently enrolled in college and are residents of the midwestern region of the United States as defined by the Korean American Scholarship Fund. The following states are eligible: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Total: $5000

Awards: 1

Deadline: June 30, 2023