KSEA Scholarships for
Undergraduate Students in the US


To recognize outstanding undergraduate 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.



  • Undergraduate students of Korean heritage at an accredited institution in the US with a minimum of 2 semesters or 3 quarters completed as a college student at the time of application.
  • Scholarship recipients must have an undergraduate 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 any KSEA scholarships are not eligible to apply

List of Scholarships

  • KSEA Scholarships (multiple) : $1000 per award
  • Named Scholarships

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. Curriculum 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. An essay: Describe your present and future contribution to your local community based on your major in undergraduate school. (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 copies of your official transcript to KSEA (scholarship@ksea.org) electronically. In the application form, you will be asked to provide the overall GPA and also average GPA by each semester.
  4. Two recommendation letters:At least one letter must be from a college professor, 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.
    * One letter can be from the supervisor at work or at the volunteer institution.

    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
    3) The email address of your two recommenders can not be changed after you add them on your application.
    Once recommender's information is included on the application, a link to upload recommendation letters will be automatically sent to the recommenders. Recommenders' information can not be changed once added.
  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, 2021 (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, 2021. Undergraduate Scholarship Checks will be set via postal mail.  
  • Scholarship Presentation:

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