Jung Bong Scholarship

Apply today to 2018 KRC Jung Bong Scholarship Award for Asian American and Pacific Islander students!

Application deadline: April 23, 2018

The Korean Resource Center (KRC) is pleased to announce the KRC Jung Bong Scholarship awards commemorating the late Jung Bong Jimmy Choi (고 정봉 최진환 박사)  to empower and support Asian American youth.

KRC was founded in 1983 with four founding principles: Live Right, Know Your Roots, Live Strong, Live Together, and has worked to empower low-income, immigrant, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and people of color communities in Southern California. The late Jimmy Choi was one of the main founders of KRC and dedicated himself to the empowerment of young people by focusing on Korean cultural heritage among Korean Americans.


KRC will offer three scholarship awards of $1500 each.  Since there are far fewer scholarship opportunities for undocumented students, a special category has been set aside for such students. Undocumented students will get advantages in the other categories as well.

  • Puri Scholarship: Puri (뿌리) means the “root”. We place value in cultural diversity, and knowing one’s roots is the starting point. This category is specifically for those who identify as Korean Americans.
  • Hongik Scholarship: Hongik (홍익인간) refers to the founding spirit of Korea (고조선, Gojoseon kingdom), and it means “ to widely benefit humankind”
  • Dream Scholarship: KRC has been fiercely working to protect the dreams of undocumented youth. The dream scholarship award is exclusively designated for undocumented students.


  • Identify as a Korean American and/or Asian American and Pacific Islander
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Currently a senior at a U.S. high school or will be entering or currently enrolled at an accredited college or university as a full-time student in the U.S.


We accept online applications only. You may apply at this link.  Applicants will need to prepare specific documents (see below), and go to  http://krcla.org/en/scholarship to fill out the application form. Applications should be submitted on or before April 23, 2018 to be considered. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Please prepare for following material before filling out the application form:

  • [REQUIRED] 2 letters of recommendation: please ask that recommendation letters be sent directly to jungwoo+scholarship [at] krcla.org.  Include in the subject line of the reference letter:  Your name, phone, and email address.
  • [REQUIRED] One short (2-4 paragraphs) essay (in English or in Korean) in the following topic: “What do you hope to do after graduation and why?”
  • [REQUIRED] One long (1-2 pages) essay on one of the following topics (in English or in Korean):
    • What is the Korean spiritual heritage that you would like to pass to the next generation?
    • How would you describe your cultural inheritance as a Korean and/or Asian American?
    • What do you see as the most critical issue(s) facing Korean Americans today? And what options are available to Korean Americans to address the issue(s)?
    • Describe how you see Korean American community role in relation to the movement for justice, equity, opportunity in the U.S. Talk about our community strengths and blind spots.
  • [REQUIRED] Scanned copy of official transcript.
  • [REQUIRED] Tuition statement from current or intended college.
  • [REQUIRED] Expected Family Contribution (calculator).
  • (Only for prospective college students) Proof of college acceptance.
  • List of awards / extra curricular activities.
  • List of any other grants / scholarship / financial aids / loans.

Suggested readings (not a requirement):


Please contact Jung Woo Kim (jungwoo+scholarship [at] krcla.org) for any question.