The Korea-America Student Conference was launched in 2008. This is an exchange program where young leaders from both countries are “competitively selected” to participate in a one summer month cultural and academic experience to spend studying and analyzing U.S.-Korean relations together “while visiting four diverse regions in their host countries”. This program is student led and helps to create experiences for learning by sharing our own cultures with each other. During these conferences, students will be able to discuss politics, culture, media, and more while using a roundtable style discussion to talk about critical issues outside of what is discussed in the classroom. This program centers around the relations between U.S. and Korea.
Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF)
The Korean American Scholarship Foundation was founded in 1969. This nonprofit foundation aims to help Korean American students with their financial needs for higher education. KASF also provides scholarships to the descendants of qualified Korean War American Veterans. Started by a small group of concerned Korean Americans in Washington D.C., KASF started out small and with little resources but now has expanded to 6 chapters throughout the U.S.; Washington D.C., Los Angeles, New York Houston, Atlanta, and Chicago. The six regional chapters work independently to raise funds, award scholarships, and manage educational and cultural programs, while also operating under the single KASF bylaws. While providing funds for Korean American students, KASF also, “Nurture the sense of pride and confidence in Korean cultural heritage and tradition.”
Korean American Student Associations
Another way for Korean American students to find support is to visit their school’s Korean American Association. Most college campuses have a Korean Student Association that they may join for help with education and be a place for the Korean American students to be a part of a community.
Here are some examples of places you can check out!