KASF Scholarship for Descendants of American Korean War Veterans

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF) – Eastern Regional Chapter (ERC) is pleased to announce 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 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 Washington, D.C.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements, the applicant should be:

  1. Direct descendants of a Korean-War Veteran who served in Korea from June 25, 1950 – January 31, 1955 (Korean War Era, as designated by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs)
  2. Enrolled as a full-time student during the 2018-19 academic year
  3. Attend a school located in the KASF Eastern Region: DC, DE, IN, KY, MD, NC, PA, VA, & WV

Visit http://www.kasf.org/eastern for more information and the application form.

Deadline: June- TBD

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Korean American Scholarship Foundation

The KASF offers scholarships to full-time students with financial need and GPAs of 3.0 or higher.   Koreans (international students) and Korean-Americans may apply. The KASF has divided the US into 6 districts.  Application requirements depend upon in which district your university is located.  General requirements include a lengthy application form, an official transcript, two letters of recommendation, a recent photo and a one-page essay.   Some districts require the FAFSA or copies of parents’ tax returns.

Qualifications for Scholarship Eligibility:

  1. Will be a full time student at a school in one of the designated Eastern region states (Delaware, District of Columbia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or West Virginia) during the 2016-17 school year.
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  3. Can demonstrate need for financial assistance.

Deadlines: Districts have differing deadlines mostly from May to July each year.

Virginia is in the Eastern District:

Applications Available Online: April 1, 2017
Application Deadline: June 30, 2017
Recommendations Deadline: June 30, 2017

Visit http://www.kasf.org/eastern for more information and the application form.

Association of Korean American Medical Graduates Scholarship

AKAM RESEARCH/SERVICE AWARD & SCHOLARSHIP

The Association of Korean American Medical Graduates (AKAM) is a physician organization dedicated to promoting awareness of healthcare issues that specifically affect Korean-Americans.   As the Korean population in the United States has grown, many physicians in the Korean-American community have recognized that some issues specifically affect the health of our community.  These issues can stem from our cultural heritage and belief system, our social standing in the larger community, and our underlying biologic differences.

Some examples of these issues include: increased rates of gastric cancer, liver cancer and lung cancer, differences in breast cancer among Korean women, increased rates of Hepatitis B infection, higher rates of cosmetic surgeries, higher rates of diabetes at lower Body Mass Index, high prevalence of tobacco use, higher rates of tuberculosis re-activation, higher suicide rates, poor access to care, and problems with elder and end-of-life care.

To help address some of these problems, AKAM sponsors this grant/service award.  The award will be given to applicants pursuing either a research or service project which addresses different medical issues that specifically affect Korean-Americans.  The recipient of the award will receive a $5000 grant to support any expenses required for completion of the project.  The awardee is required to submit a summary of the project and to present the results at the AKAM Awards dinner.

In addition, to help promote the growth of the next generation of physicians within our community, we will also offer sponsorship for Korean-American students or physicians who wish to participate in medical/humanitarian missions.  The amount awarded will be considered on a discretionary basis.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  Applicant must be enrolled in medical school, residency, or fellowship training program in the United States.  Each applicant must conduct the project in conjunction with a physician mentor or supervisor to oversee the project.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  April 30, 2017 (ENDED)

FUNDING:  $5000 for research or service project.  Up to $2000 for medical mission.