This is an updated version of a predominantly Korean-language document that we originally posted during June 2012. This document lists scholarships and contests for awards geared towards Korean and Korean-American students in the New York-New Jersey area. In updating the information in the document, we utilized three different methods: (1) We culled information from 2013 and 2014 issues of two Korean daily newspapers: Korea Times New York and Korea Central Daily News, (2) We researched and checked the websites of organizations offering scholarships and contests for awards, and (3) We made phone calls to organizations offering scholarships and contests for awards. The original June 2012 document was based on information from 2011 sources, and another revised version that we released last year was based on information from 2012 sources.
Korean immigrants emphasize their children’s education as the main channel for social mobility, and as a result, they do a number of amazing things to give their children the best education possible. At the community level, Korean leaders also emphasize the education of younger generations as the best way of elevating and empowering the Korean community. This collective conviction at the community level is well reflected by the large number of scholarship programs and contests for awards for Korean children in the Korean community. We have located about 90 scholarships and about 10 contests for awards for Korean children in the New York-New Jersey area. Korean organizations that have established various scholarship programs and/or contests for awards want to get as many applications from strong candidates as possible. Korean students also want to learn enough about scholarship programs and award contests available in the Korean community to increase their chances to win. To bridge these two groups, we have organized a list of scholarships and contests for awards established for Korean students in the New York-New Jersey area. Without a doubt, there are actually more scholarships and contests in the Korean community than in this list. We plan to add more as we find additional scholarships and contests in the coming weeks.