The Korean Honor Scholarship Committee extends an invitation to Korean and Korean-American undergraduate and graduate students to compete for the year 2021 Korean Honor Scholarship.
The Scholarship was first established in 1981 with the gift fund of one million US dollars donated by the government of the Republic of Korea to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the opening of diplomatic relations between Korea and the U. S. A.
Now the total amount of fund is 2.90 million US dollars. The scholarship is awarded to encourage outstanding students who have Korean heritage to achieve their highest academic performance and develop leadership qualities for their future professional careers in the global society.
The Korean Honor Scholarship Committee has awarded 3,272 scholarships to outstanding Korean and Korean-American students over the past 39 years.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be attending college or university at least both 2020 fall and 2021 spring semesters in the U. S. A. and must have an overall grade average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 basis. In addition to the academic achievement, an essay, a letter of recommendation, awards, honors, performances and extracurricular activities are reviewed for selection.
Approximately 27 scholarships will be awarded in the U. S. this year.
Scholarship will be awarded once in undergraduate and graduate level respectively. (Until 2017 year scholarship could be awarded once per each student in any levels)
1.Important Dates for Year 2021 Contest
○ Application period: April 30~ June 24(THUR), 2021
○ First round evaluation at regional consular offices: June 25 ~ July 1, 2021
○ Final round evaluation by Central Selection Committee: July 19 ~ July 30, 2021
○ Scholarship Award presentation: after October 11, 2021
2. Amount of Scholarship: $1,000
(1)At the time of application, an applicant must be a full time 4-year college or graduate student who has achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher at least for the previous one academic year(Fall, 2020 ~ Spring*, 2021)
* If not available, Spring(2020) is also accepted.
※ The GPA should be on a 4.0 basis (Pass or Fail is not acceptable).
(2) Any students whose parents are Korean (either one or both) or any legally adopted Korean-American students are welcome to apply.
(3) Scholarship will be awarded once in undergraduate and graduate level respectively.
(Past beneficiary in graduate level must not apply for this scholarship)
6. Required Documents
(1)Application form: available at www.kecsf.org
(or search for ”‘korean honor scholarship” in any search engines)
(2) Official school transcript, including the 2019-2020 academic year
※ If the transcript GPA is not on a 4.0 basis or if letter grades are given, the applicant
must convert the grades into those of a 4.0 basis. Submit both the converted grades record and the official original school transcript.
(3) A letter of recommendation from a professor at the applicant's institution
(4) An Essay written in English by the applicant: up to 500 words (point 12, double spaced)
※ Applicants must write under the following title :
- My plans for success in my future profession and life in America
(5) Résumé (including records of awards, extracurricular and volunteer activities, leadership, etc.)
※ Graduate students should list research publications and presentations in their résumé.
Especially student who gets graduate admission should submit the relating documents.
(6) Applicants of music or art field only: either one of the followings
※ Art student must submit a CD that 10 pieces of his/her original works are recorded in (The size and medium of works and the year when works were created must be specified in each work image).
※ Music student must submit a DVD that a 20-minute long his/her own performance is recorded in. (Video or cassette tape will NOT be accepted.)
※ Both CD and DVD must be submitted by one of the following recording types:
Windows Media Player, QuickTime Player, and GOM Player.
(7) Adoptee and Handicapped students only: Documents to prove disability or adopted (such as copy of applicant's driver's license, or birth certificate etc. by related organization, other supporting documents)
(8) Only for Korean-American students who did not graduate middle and/or high school in Korea: either one of the followings (if applicable)
※ School transcript for the Korean language course(s) taken at a high school in the U.S.A. and foreign countries except Korea (B+ or higher)
※ SAT II Korean test score (700 point or higher)
※ "Certificate of Proficiency in Korean (Grade 5 or 6)", available by taking TOPIK (Test of
Proficiency in Korean)
administered by National Institute for International Education or Korea Institute of Curriculum & Evaluation .(http://www.topik.go.kr).
※ NEWL/Korean Test Score by American Council for International Education.
7. Selection Criteria and Process
□ Selection Criteria
○ Each Committees will comprehensively consider the submitted documents such as GPA, Recommendation letter, Essay, Resume etc.
□ Scholarship for regular students (AC, AG, KC, KG)
○ Submit applications to the regional consular office near your college or university.
※ Applicants from the Washington D.C. area (DC, MD, VA, WV) MAY submit the
application directly to the Office of Education Minister Counselor at the Embassy of
Korea, Washington, D.C.
→ First round evaluation at regional consular offices
→ Final evaluation at Central Selection Committee
→ Approval by the Korean Honor Scholarship (KHS) Committee Chairman
□ Scholarships for students in arts and Adoptee and handicapped students (SM, SA, HS)
○ Submit applications directly to the Office of Education Minister Counselor at the
Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Washington, D.C.
→ Evaluation at Central Selection Committee → Approval by the Korean Honor Scholarship Committee Chairman → Finalized
8. Other Information
○ Applications will NOT be returned.
○ Unqualified applicants will NOT be reviewed and the evaluation process is confidential.
○ Applications must be submitted to the regional consular office CLOSEST TO YOUR
HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION
○ For further information or any inquiries, please contact the Office of Education Minister
Counselor at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Washington, D.C. or the regional
Consular Offices closest to your college or university.
○ Where to send the form?: "KECSF" 3500 Clay St., SF CA94118
○ For further information or any inquiries: email@example.com, 415-590-4058
○ Application period: April 30, 2021 ~ June 24(Thur), 2020 by 4pm (should be delivered)
Please find the attachment for further details
1. application form