As we reimagine leadership in the 21st century, the KAYF Scholarship 2018 is intended to encourage young Korean Americans who demonstrate their potentials to become socially responsible leaders who make positive impact in their communities.

Up to $25,000 of total scholarship funds will be distributed  with preference given to applicants living in the greater New York Metropolitan area and those with financial need. Final awardees will be announced on March 10, 2018 and will be invited to our special award ceremony in the following week.

Scholarship Amounts

  • College undergraduates (any year): $2,000
  • High school Seniors: $1,500

You can submit the application by clicking "Apply Now". Before starting the application, please carefully read all guidelines below. All applications are due 11:59 PM, February 20, 2018.

For further inquiries, please contact our Program Director, Hoin Choi at hoin@kayf.org or 929-322-4454.

 

ELIGIBILITY

You must be a high school Senior OR full time college undergraduate student enrolled in the 2017-2018 academic year. Preference will be given to Korean American youth (including biracial and adoptee) living in the New York Metropolitan area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) and those with financial need. Citizenship or immigration status will not be considered.

 

REQUIREMENTS

We ask that you prepare ALL of the following materials BEFORE starting the application. The online application will NOT save your information and only a completed application will be submitted. 

1. Two essays (each 500 words or less)

At KAYF, we have recently read a fascinating article published on the Washington Post about an in-depth research that identified the six top characteristics of success at Google. And they are:

  • being a good coach;
  • communicating and listening well;
  • possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view);
  • having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues;
  • being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and
  • being able to make connections across complex ideas.

ESSAY 1: Which one of these characteristics do you think you are already practicing or strong in? And why? Feel free to include personal stories to support your response.

ESSAY 2: Which one of these characteristics do you think you would like to develop or weak in? And why? Feel free to include personal stories to support your response.

2. Two letters of recommendation

  • At least one recommendation must be from a school teacher or administrator
  • All letters must be DIRECTLY sent from the recommenders to hoin@kayf.org or 163-07 Depot Road, Suite B1, Flushing, NY 11358.
  • You will NOT be asked to upload these letters during the application process.

3. A copy of most recent transcripts with a cumulative GPA

4. A copy of most recent tax returns of yours OR your parents with the SSN redacted or blacked out

5. A portfolio of creative projects including video, photo, and web links that demonstrate your unique talents and passions (1GB or less) **Optional

6. A personal statement that describes your financial circumstances and why you may qualify (250 words or less) **Optional

 

All information is confidential and will be carefully discarded after the ceremony.

For further inquiries, please contact our Program Director, Hoin Choi at hoin@kayf.org or 929-322-4454.