KSEA-KUSCO Scholarships for
Graduate Students in the US


To recognize outstanding graduate students in the United States who excel in academics as well as in services to the community, and have demonstrated a potential to become future leaders of the society for closer cooperation between the U.S. and Korea.



  • Graduate students of Korean heritage at an accredited institution in the US
  • Scholarship recipients must have a graduate student status when scholarship is awarded
  • Major in science, engineering, or related fields
  • KSEA membership (You must be a KSEA member in order to apply)
  • After completion of the membership application, KSEA Membership ID # will be emailed out immediately.
  • Previous recipients of  KSEA-KUSCO scholarships are not eligible to apply

Application Materials

Online application only. Other materials including essay and copy of transcript must be submitted Online in PDF format. The maximum file size for each is 2MB.
  1. Curiculum Vitae or resumé (including education, work experience, publications, extracurricular activities, and involvement in KSEA and Korean community activities).   Resumé must be in PDF format, 1 page.
  2. Essay: Describe your most meaningful achievements and how they relate to your field in industry or academia. (600-800 words limit)
  3. Official transcripts from up to two colleges attended. You may submit an unofficial transcript (PDF) or scanned copy of an official transcript (PDF) online, (The maximum file size for each is 2 MB) but you MUST send an official transcript to KSEA for verification. Your school can send soft or hard copies of your official transcript to KSEA (scholarship@ksea.org electronically or mail to Scholarship Committee, KSEA, 1952 Gallows Rd, Suite 300, Vienna, VA 22182). In the application form, you will be asked to provide the overall GPA and also average GPA by each semester.
  4. Two recommendation letters from the college attending (one letter must be from a current academic advisor and the other could be from a professor or a current / former KSEA official such as Executive Committee member, local professional Chapter President, or a Councilor. Current Scholarship Committee members cannot write a recommendation letter. Letters must be sealed and directly mailed to Scholarship Committee, KSEA, 1952 Gallows Rd, Suite 300, Vienna, VA 22182

    Email recommendation letters are accepted if:
    1) The recommendation letter is attached in an email as a letter headed document with a sign on it (it could be a scanned letter)
    2) The email address of the sender shows the institution that the person who writes the letter is affiliated. (emails using yahoo, hotmail, gmail, etc accounts are not acceptable).
    Send the letter of recommendation to scholarship@ksea.org
  5. No supplemental materials beyond the above will be accepted.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Academic performance
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Recommendation letters
  • KSEA activities and community service
  • Essay

Application Deadline

  • Deadline : 5:00 PM (EDT) March 31, 2020 (Tuesday)
  • Checklist: You can check your application status online, including any missing materials - your status will be "completed" once all materials are received.

Announcement and Award Presentation

  • The recipients of the scholarships will be announced on the KSEA webpage (http://www.ksea.org/) by May, 2020.
  • If KSEA-KUSCO graduate scholarship recipients plan to participate the scholarship award ceremony during the UKC 2020 which will be held in Hyatt Regency Orange County, California, August 12-15, 2020, it is required to submit an abstract (for an oral or poster presentation) through the UKC 2020 website before the abstract due date and also to participate the YGPF program during the UKC 2020 to receive a travel support. The YGPF Chair will contact those who submitted abstracts to make a travel arrangement.

If you have any questions on scholarship application, please contact:

KSEA Scholarship Committee
1952 Gallows Rd., Suite 300
Vienna, VA 22182
phone: 703-748-1221, fax: 703-748-1331
E-mail: scholarship@ksea.org