FAQ

General

If I will be matriculating at a school in another state next fall, which Scholarship region should I apply to?

You should apply in the region where your school is located.

When will I be notified with a decision?

You will be notified by a regional director no later than August 15.

When is the application deadline?

The deadline of the application is June 30, at 12am EST.

Would I be able to know whether my transcript or recommendation letter is received by KASF?

Yes, a confirmation email will be sent to you once a document is uploaded to your application.

Can I log in to my account after submitting my application?

You are no longer able to access your account once you have submitted it.

Can I apply for more than one scholarship category? (Ex. General Scholarship and Korean War Veteran Descendent Scholarship)

Yes, you can apply for more than one applicable scholarship categories, but you can only be awarded one scholarship category.

How will I receive my scholarship funds?

KASF will issue a check under your name and mail it to the address you provide in your application.

Scholarship Eligibility

I am entering college this fall. Which Scholarship am I eligible for?

You should apply for scholarship for a college student.

Can I apply for the scholarship if I took a gap year between school years?

If you are a full-time student during the scholarship year, you are eligible to apply.

Am I eligible for the scholarship if I will be attending school in the US as an international student?

Yes, you are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Letters of Recommendation

Will my application still be able to be reviewed if my recommender does not submit the letter on time?

We allow a grace period of 7 days after the application deadline for the supporting documents.

In the recommendation section. does the faculty member have to write a letter of recommendation? What are the options?

The recommender will be emailed a link to an online form they can fill out, or they can write a letter and upload it to the online form, whichever they prefer.

What options do I have if one of my references is not contactable? I submitted my application already so I cannot make any change.

Please provide name and email address of a new reference to feedback@kasf.org

Financial Document

In terms of my tax return, what will you need exactly from a self-supporting student? I was a little concerned about my personal identification with SSN.

All we need is the first page or two that provides your identifying information and lists your gross income. You can redact your SSN.

My parents live in <non-US country> and do not have a tax return document. What should I send as financial documents in place of the tax return document?

Please submit the document that indicates the gross income of your parents in the previous year. If your parents live in Korea, please submit the document called 근로소득세 원천징수 영수증.

What kinds of official documents are proper for providing proof that I have not been declared as a dependent by my parents?

Most self-supporting students submit their tax return to show that they are not claimed as dependents by their parents. If you did not file a tax return, you may need to submit a signed letter stating that you are a self-supporting student and attached the financial worksheet.


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We are a non-profit organization established to help meet the financial needs of Korean-American students seeking higher education. Specifically, the foundation seeks to:

1. Assist Korean American students in pursuit of academic and personal achievement
2. Encourage community and civic service as an integral part of leadership development
3. Nurture the sense of pride and confidence in Korean cultural heritage and tradition

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53

Years


KASF was founded in 1969 and has been in operation for half a century.

$11.5M

Granted


In 2021 alone, we awarded $600,000 to undergraduate and graduate students, high school students, and Korean War Veterans Descendants.

7300

Students Awarded


Students living in all parts of the United States have received support for their education through KASF grants.

$5.7M

In Endowment


Donors have generously contributed towards our endowment. The interest earned from our endowment is used for our Chair Scholarships.

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To celebrate KASF’s 50th anniversary, we are asking 50 of our board members and friends of KASF to pledge a gift of $50K—or more—in their will. This is a gift that will be made to KASF upon his/her/their passing: a pledge of intent, not a commitment to donate today.

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55

Years


KASF was founded in 1969 and has been in operation for half a century.

$13.2M

Granted


In 2023 alone, we awarded $848,500 to undergraduate and graduate students, high school students, and Korean War Veterans Descendants.

8100

Students Awarded


Students living in all parts of the United States have received support for their education through KASF grants.

$6.0M

In Endowment


Donors have generously contributed towards our endowment. The interest earned from our endowment is used for our Chair Scholarships.

54

Years


KASF was founded in 1969 and has been in operation for half a century.

$12.3M

Granted


In 2022 alone, we awarded $773,000 to undergraduate and graduate students, high school students, and Korean War Veterans Descendants.

7700

Students Awarded


Students living in all parts of the United States have received support for their education through KASF grants.

$5.2M

In Endowment


Donors have generously contributed towards our endowment. The interest earned from our endowment is used for our Chair Scholarships.

Testimonials

Donation Opportunities

General Donation

Invest in the future generation by donating to KASF today.
With your contribution, anything is possible.

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50 for 50 Fundraiser

To celebrate KASF’s 50th anniversary, we are asking 50 of our board members and friends of KASF to pledge a gift of $50K—or more—in their will. This is a gift that will be made to KASF upon his/her/their passing: a pledge of intent, not a commitment to donate today.

50% of Donation Goal Met
Read More

Donation Opportunities

General Donation

Invest in the future generation by donating to KASF today.
With your contribution, anything is possible.

Donate Today

50 for 50 Fundraiser

To celebrate KASF’s 50th anniversary, we are asking 50 of our board members and friends of KASF to pledge a gift of $50K—or more—in their will. This is a gift that will be made to KASF upon his/her/their passing: a pledge of intent, not a commitment to donate today.

50% of Donation Goal Met
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