Chairperson Jay Lee's Message


I’m honored to be able to step into the role of the 2023-2024 Chairperson of the National Board of the Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF).

Over KASF’s 50+ years, we have provided need- and merit-based scholarships totaling over $12.2 million to over 7,700 students across the continental United States. What started as a small group of Korean American leaders in DC collecting and awarding $300 one-time scholarships has grown into a network of volunteers, members, and donors spanning generations and geographies to support the aspirations of our community’s young leaders.

We have accomplished a lot, but there is plenty more to do. KASF envisions a world where our recipients not only hold positions of influence in every industry and sector—from the halls of government to company boardrooms, operating rooms, onstage, or on a canvas—but do so with a commitment to giving back and paying it forward. We’re building a world where our members and recipients champion community-building, respecting our roots, and co-creating a more loving and resilient society.

To realize this vision, we—KASF and I as the incoming Chairperson—need your help. We need your talents, passion, and heart of service. We need you as volunteers and board members and donors. Together, we will build a KASF that can sustain our community for the next half century and beyond.

Jay Lee
KASF NB Chairperson