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Supporting College Scholarships – Fall 2017 Update

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Sep 252017

Every year, KKOOM supports continuing education for young adults by providing college scholarships to students that grew up at Samsungwon Orphanage in Gumi, South Korea. We help provide a smoother transition out of high school to those who want to pursue an undergraduate degree. For the fall semester, we’ve granted four scholarships to students we’ve supported through their 1st and 2nd year in college. They are diligent with their academic studies as they’ve maintained an average 3.84 GPA during the spring semester. Read below to see how their fall semester has been so far:

Mingyu, 2nd year, at Gumi College, Major: Hospitality and Cooking.

Mingyu is dedicated to continuously improve his baking skills. For summer vacation, he traveled to Daegu to sell bread in a shop and through this hands-on experience, he learned more about bread making outside of the classroom. During a practice test of making bread, he made some mistakes with the lack of taste, but his results were still good. While he had some regrets, he’s okay with making mistakes as long as there is a continued desire to learn and grow. KKOOM loves his positive attitude! This semester, he plans on using his scholarship money for basic school needs and saving up to receive his baking certification. He appreciates KKOOM supporting his college degree from the very beginning and hopes to continue being funded until his very last semester.

Yonghoon, 1st year, at World Cyber University, Major: Social Welfare

Yonghoon is thankful to just be in college and that KKOOM supported his first semester because he did not worry much about how to pay for his school fees. While his first semester was difficult learning new words and terminology, he is excited to dive deeper into what it means to be a social worker. KKOOM asked Yonghoon if he had anything to share with our donors and he said gratefully, “Thank you for your help and support. I will give thanks to God for this grace.” He has a servant heart to give back. In the next five years, he’d like to work at his university in the Social Welfare Department to serve others or work at a senior welfare center.

Minyeal, 2nd year, at World Cyber University, Major: Pastoral Studies

Minyeal’s hardest struggle recently was finding a balance between work and studying – haven’t we all struggled with this? His greatest accomplishment last semester though was his perseverance to improve his GPA. While it went from a 3.9 to 3.8 GPA, he is still proud of his hard work. This reminds us how life is about 1,000 small steps – progress is made over a period of time. His dream is to become a world-wide praise minister working in marginalized communities to decrease the wealth gap between the poor and rich. We believe in you Minyeal. You can do it! He would love to see KKOOM sponsor volunteer service trips to other countries to see, taste, and experience other cultures to learn about life outside of South Korea’s borders.

Yeonhwa, 2nd year, at Yeungjin College, Major: Business Management

Yeonhwa is very proud that she has concentrated diligently on her studies with a 4.1 GPA while having a job. During her summer vacation, she visited Malaysia with high school friends. She enjoyed gaining a global perspective, while seeing the world in a slightly wider field of view. Her scholarship will help pay for her living expenses this semester and she is excited for graduation in February. Five years from now, she wants to work for a company in a high position, living with a family, and living a better life than she has now. As she graduates soon, she shares to KKOOM donors “I want to say thank you for your help anytime, anywhere. You have been a great sponsor for a long time. Thank You. I will live a day when I am satisfied with everything I have learned in college after I graduate.”

We cannot thank our KKOOM supporters enough for providing career opportunities for these four students. Your generosity is allowing these young adults to thrive in their studies while learning more life skills every day. To continue supporting our college scholarship program, we would love if you shared our work with your friends and co-workers. Together, we can help make a difference in these young adult lives.

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Dec 212016
Some of the KKOOM College Scholarship Recipients since 2011

Some of the KKOOM College Scholarship Recipients since 2011

We started the KKOOM College Scholarship Program five years ago to help make going to college a little easier for Korean orphans. To date we have supported 14 students in their studies, and 12 have successfully either completed their degrees or are making good progress toward graduation.

The first student we supported in 2012, Jindong, is now set to graduate in the winter and will enter the workforce immediately next year. He landed a dream job in Seoul at SK, one of Korea’s largest and most admired companies. Competition for prized jobs is fierce among college seniors, so despite Jindong’s strong grades and outstanding credentials, the odds were not in his favor to get a job at a major company. Yet, he did very well on both the written examinations and in-person interviews and was actually offered two jobs — one at Samsung Card and one at SK. We are very proud of Jindong and all of his achievements and look forward to following his success as he enters the working world.

Other KKOOM college scholarship recipients are also doing well. One young adult owns her own hair salon. It is small but successful, and she enjoys being in charge of her own affairs and clients. Another is pursuing a managerial career at a national chain restaurant. Another former student is working at a Samsung Electronics customer service center, where he fixes broken cell phones that people bring in. Recently, another got married and is working as a nurse in a nearby town.

The paths the KKOOM college scholarship recipients have taken are certainly diverse, but they are overwhelmingly successful, especially in comparison to the average young adult who ages out of an orphanage home without a college education. By encouraging young adults to consider going to college and supporting their financial expenses, we hope that the current college students can serve as role models for their younger “brothers and sisters” who look up to them in the orphanage homes.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our College Scholarship Program, you can check out previous blog posts here. We hope you will consider supporting our work by making a year-end donation so that we can help even more students go to college. As always, we appreciate your support.

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Intros: College Scholarship Recipients

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Jun 212014

Three of our five KKOOM college scholarship recipients just finished their first year semesters in college, and we wanted to use this post to let them introduce themselves. Here are their firsthand biographies.*

First-year college students

First-year college students

Yoonjung, Gumi University, first year, early childhood special education major

I decided on my major because I want to be able to share the love and grace I received while growing up in a children’s welfare institution with others. The pain and challenges I’ve overcome inspire me to want to help others do the same.

Upon entering my first semester in college, I was most looking forward to making new friends, experiencing a new environment, and learning new things on my way toward adulthood.

The KKOOM scholarship helped out with my daily living expenses and gave me some extra margin to enjoy myself a little.

At the moment, my dream is to become a social worker. Others tell me that I have a strong sense of responsibility, and I enjoy helping others.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, so I’ve always enjoyed going to the library to borrow books.

Sunghee, Korea Polytechnics Gumi University, first year, electronics major

I wanted to study electronics, which I had exposure to in high school, along with something else, and automated systems was a good fit.

In my first semester, I was most curious about how quickly I would adapt to college life. I was really looking forward to it and really nervous at the same time.

I’ve been saving money from my part-time job to pay for my living expenses, but the KKOOM scholarship has covered all of my textbooks and study aids, which I would’ve otherwise had to take care of on my own.

My dream is to enter a large company after graduation. I enjoy making and assembling things, so I hope to enter a suitable profession in the manufacturing realm.

On a personal note, I really enjoy soccer, even though I am not especially good. I am especially looking forward to the 2014 World Cup.

Junghye, Gyeongbuk Science University, first year, professional cosmetology major

Ever since I was young, I wanted to become a make-up artist and a hair designer. After graduation from high school, I received my hair dresser’s license and began working as a stylist in a salon. After nearly 10 years, I decided to go back to school to get my professional cosmetology degree and license in make-up design.

Returning to school allows me to learn about so much more than just hair. I’ll also be studying health and beauty generally in addition to make up and body art.

The KKOOM Scholarship will cover some of my school expenses and license exam fees.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling, so whenever I have a chance, I like to visit the mountains or the ocean. I also enjoy reading.

Whenever I get the opportunity to make someone feel beautiful, I feel an overwhelming sense of happiness.

Wednesday, June 25th is Microsoft YouthSpark Bonus Day. It starts at 12:00 PM Noon EDT and goes for 24-hours or until funds run out. All donations to our “Support for young adult Korean orphans” on GlobalGiving will be matched at 100%! Please consider giving generously on YouthSpark Bonus Day!

*Biographies translated from Korean to English by Aimee Jachym.

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12 Days of KKOOM – 2. College Scholarship Recipients

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Dec 152013

2. December 15, 2013 ~ KKOOM College Scholarship Recipients

Fall 2013 KKOOM College Scholarship Recipients

Fall 2013 KKOOM College Scholarship Recipients

This fall KKOOM was able to award college scholarships of approximately $500 USD (500,000 Korean won) to 5 students who grew up in a Korean orphanage. The students use these funds to off-set their educational costs and pay for things like dormitory expenses, lab fees, and extra curriculars. We wrote about these students on our GlobalGiving page last month, but I wanted to share with you a personal update from one of these students.

In the winter of 2012, JinDong became the first young adult to receive a KKOOM Scholarship. He is now wrapping up his sophomore year at Busan National University, one of the top universities in Korea, where he majors in management. Earlier this fall, he sent us the email below. I hope you enjoy his firsthand update!

How are you?

Generally I feel good in my new semester.

I will focus on studying this semester.

[Be]cause I think I won’t be able to get a job if my grade is low.

And thanks to you and KKOOM foundation,

I can concentrate on studying. I appreciate it. Continue reading »

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2013 KKOOM College Scholarship Recipients

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Aug 012013
Clockwise from upper right: Gayong, Geunho, Jindong, Geunhye, and Hyunsu

2013 KKOOM College Scholarship Recipients
Clockwise from upper right: Gayong, Geunho, Jindong, Geunhye, and Hyunsu

In February this year, we were able to award 500,000 KRW (approx. $450 USD) scholarships to five Korean orphan college students. All of these young adults grew up at Samsungwon, the orphanage in Gumi, South Korea. Their majors range from applied electronics to applied music, nursing, and business management.

They’ve been able to use the scholarship money to offset their living costs and focus more of their time on studying. The typical college part-time job in Korea pays around $4.50 USD per hour, so the scholarship ends up saving the recipients about 100 hours of time they’d otherwise be working to pay for their monthly expenses, like cell phones, food, and transportation.

I recently received the email, below, from JinDong, one of our five college scholarship recipients. JinDong is a sophomore in business management at Pusan National University. A year ago, JinDong barely spoke English, so as you can see, he’s made a lot of progress.

Here at KKOOM, we’re extremely proud of all of our college scholarship recipients, and I’m happy to announce that we plan on supporting these five young adults with an additional 500,000 KRW (approx. $450 USD) each for the upcoming fall semester.


Editor’s Note: JinDong’s email is unedited, except for editorial remarks in brackets to aid with understanding.

Hello, How have you been?

I’m JinDong Kim. Continue reading »

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Interview with Minyeal, 2017 Scholarship Recipient

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Jan 092018

Minyeal (in plaid shirt): Spring & Fall 2017 College Scholarship Recipient

With your generous support in 2017, KKOOM funded 500,000 KRW (approximately $470 USD) scholarships to four college students for their spring and fall semester. These are young adults who grew up in Samsungwon Orphanage in Gumi, South Korea. We asked one of the recipients, Minyeal, if we could interview him about his current studies and what his plans are for the future.

KKOOM does not discriminate against providing scholarships based on a scholar’s chosen major. While KKOOM is a non-religious organization, we respect and value Minyeal’s passion to pursue mission work as his career field. Minyeal’s answers to the interview questions were directly translated from Korean to English below:

1) When are you graduating and what are you studying?

  • I am a second year student at World Cyber University where I am dual majoring in missions and social welfare. In August 2018, I’ll be graduating from taking my online courses.

2) Why did you decide to go to college?

  • While simply attending church on Sundays, I decided to join the Praise Team at my church while being involved with other volunteer activities. Even though I don’t have much knowledge of the Bible, I trusted God while being the leader of the Praise Team. I wanted to attend college to learn more about God’s word and to continue worshipping God through songs and praise.

3) What has been your best/favorite experience in college?

  • College life is pleasant and exciting every day. Although it is online classes, it can be boring from time to time. When I listen to lectures, do assignments, and discuss things with classmates, the time is so intense. While it is intense, these times are the most enjoyable because I’m able to focus on my studies.

4) What has been your hardest experience?

  • I had a hard time during the first semester of my freshman year. At that time, there were so many unfamiliar words and sentences that it was too difficult and challenging to take the exams. However, I started studying little by little, and now I’m enjoying it.

5) What is your dream to accomplish after college?

  • My dream is to be a worldwide praise minister and my goal is to spread the gospel among the nations. I am currently in the process of achieving these goals after graduation. I will obey and follow God’s guidance and continue to work towards my dreams.

6) How has KKOOM helped support your dream?

  • The existence of KKOOM and its mission gives me great confidence and strength. I am grateful and thankful to KKOOM for its role in supporting me and showing interest while I pursue my dreams. Thank you once again for all the supporters from KKOOM. I believe that God will give blessings to KKOOM. I will always pray for KKOOM. Thank you!

If you would like to invest in a young adult’s life like Minyeal to help support their college journey, we invite you to donate here.

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12 Days of KKOOM #8) Supporting 4 College Students

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Dec 192017

This year, we had the pleasure of providing scholarships to four young adults during their spring and fall semester in college. KKOOM has two scholarship programs for preschool and young adults to continue their education. As Nelson Mandela says “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” With your daily support, we unlock educational opportunities for young adults to be successful in society. The students we have supported in 2017 are Minyeal, Yeonhwa, Yonghoon, and Mingyu.

To support our college students, KKOOM provides a semester stipend of 500,000 KRW, approximately $460. These funds help provide a variety of things for these orphan children that grew up at Samsungwon Orphanage. It helps cover textbook costs, transportation fees to/from the university, lodging, or tuition itself.

While in Korea, our Chief Administrator had the chance to meet a few of the college recipients. She recognized YongHoon (pictured to the left) and Minyeal (picture to the light) immediately after reading through their applications and writing more about their college experiences through KKOOM’s blog posts. Minyeal hopes to travel abroad after graduation for a short period of time, which allows him to be one step closer to becoming an international world-praise minister. He mentioned the expensive costs of going abroad including airfare and lodging costs.

Personally, our Chief Administrator is exploring ways to make this dream a reality for his desire to sing abroad. Minyeal will graduate from school towards the end of August/September 2018. We hope in the future we can share the good news of Minyeal’s trip abroad!

If you would like to contribute to our college scholarship funds, please click here. Any new recurring donation will be matched throughout the month of December! Thank you to our donors for investing in the lives of our future leaders – engineers, worship leaders, bakers, social workers, and business men and women.

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Making Dreams Happen – Spring 2017 Scholarship Recipients

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Jun 142017

Spring 2017 College Scholarship Recipients

During the spring 2017 semester, KKOOM was proud to provide college scholarships to four students in South Korea, all of whom grew up at Samsungwon, an orphanage in Gumi. We accepted 2 new college recipients and awarded scholarships to 2 continuing recipients. Every semester, we ask our recipients to provide a brief update on how they’re doing and what they hope to accomplish this semester and in the near future. Read below to see what they had to say.

Yeonhwa, 2nd year, at Yeungjin College, Major: Business Management. KKOOM is happy to continue supporting Yeonhwa’s academic studies as she hopes to start her own business in the future. During her vacation, she enjoyed company events at her full-time job such as New Year’s Party, employee workshops, and a picnic. In five years, Yeonhwa sees herself as a 27 year old with a stable life in a steady job, striving for a successful life. With KKOOM’s financial support, she has more opportunities to give back to those who are less fortunate and she is thankful for the support. She wants to live with a positive mind and more dignified life. Yeonhwa says “I love KKOOM supporters and stay healthy.”

Mingyu, 2nd year, at Gumi College, Major: Hospitality and Cooking. Mingyu hopes to become a chef or baker. KKOOM supported Mingyu during his 1st year in college. In his spare time and during his vacation, he practiced his baking skills. He is very optimistic about the future; even if there are setbacks, he wants to continue building up his career to pursue his dream. He really appreciates the help from KKOOM.

Minyeal, 1st year, at World Cyber University, Major: Pastoral Studies. Min-yul is a non-traditional student, who spent several years working in factories and small businesses after he aged out of Samsungwon. In 2015, thanks to KKOOM supporters, like you, he had the opportunity to travel to the US with a couple of other grown-up Samsungwon young adults. This travel experience helped inspire Min-yul to pursue a college degree. In his own words, Min-yul’s dream is to become a global praise minister who is following God’s will. His reason in choosing his major is to know the word of God more deeply. He is very happy when he sings praises to God. Through his studies, he wants to learn how to pray and learn more about the Bible. Min-yul’s hobbies are to sing worship songs and stay fit.

Yonghoon, 1st year, at World Cyber University, Major: Social Welfare. While living at Samsungwon Orphanage for 14 years, Yonghoon says his mother and brothers and sisters helped him a lot, even though his grades weren’t very good growing up. Since they took such good care of him, he wants to pursue a social worker license. His dream is to become a social worker, and he currently has three computer certifications. He is willing to learn new things, study hard, and listen to the professors’ lectures. He says with enthusiasm, “I would like to thank you for your support to me. I think it will help me a lot. I sincerely hope that my dreams will thrive.”


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Fall 2016 KKOOM Scholarship Recipients

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Oct 052016
KKOOM College Scholarship for Korean Orphans

(Top row, L to R) Eunbi, Mingyu, Yeonhwa, (bottom row) Jindong, Sukyeong

This semester KKOOM is proud to provide support to five college students in South Korea, all of whom grew up at Samsungwon, an orphanage in Gumi. We asked them all to give a brief update on how they’re doing and what they hope to accomplish this semester and in the near future. Read on to see what they had to say.

Eunbi, 2nd year at Gumi College, Major: Childcare.  Last semester, Eunbi served as a representative from her major to her college’s student council.  She said it was a good experience to learn about the school’s activities and be part of making small improvements to the college. During her summer vacation, she worked at a preschool, studied English and prepared for her licensing exam. This is Eunbi’s last semester before graduation, so she hopes to make the most of her remaining time and enjoy what is left of her college days. Finally, Eunbi says thank you to all of the KKOOM supporters who made her scholarship possible. She hopes to be able to give back to others in a similar fashion one day.

Mingyu, 1st year at Gumi College, Major: Hospitality and Cooking.  We’re proud to report that Mingyu had the best grades in his class during his first semester. He says he is still learning to master his knife skills, which are crucial to his dream of becoming a chef or baker. Mingyu hopes to be able to study and work abroad someday, perhaps in a bakery or dessert cafe.

Yeonhwa, 1st year at Yeungjin College, Major: Business Management.  After spending a year working at a travel agency, Yeonhwa decided to enter college this March, and she is a first time scholarship recipient this semester. She continues to work full-time while she goes to school, and her first semester, she maintained an “A” average. Yeonhwa would like to start her own business one day. She knows that it won’t be easy, but she is up for the challenge and believes her business classes will surely help her in the future. In her free time, Yeonhwa enjoys traveling and photography. She says that taking pictures helps her experience things in new and refreshing ways.

Sukyeong, 2nd year at Gumi College, Major: Dental HygieneLast semester, Sukyeong had an internship as a hygenist at a dentist’s office where she learned a lot and received praise for a job well done. Classes have not been easy for her, but Sukyeong has worked hard to improve her grades. While the KKOOM scholarship’s financial support is obviously helpful, Sukyeong says that just knowing that people support her is equally as important. She says that she will do her best to become a successful adult and be able to give back to others.

Jindong, 4th year at Pusan National University, Major: Business Administration.  As we reported previously, Jindong landed a coveted internship at Samsung Card over the summer. He says that it was hard to focus on classes while he was applying for internships, but he is happy that his hard work paid off.  This is Jindong’s last semester in college, so he is now busy preparing job applications. He will find out if he gets a job offer from Samsung Card later this fall, but in the meantime, he is also applying to similar companies. Over the years, Jindong has given KKOOM great advice about how to help others like him, and he hopes that KKOOM can continue to help inspire and support the dreams of other kids who grow up in Korean orphanages. Finally, Jindong says, “KKOOM has been a great help to my college experience, and I am truly grateful for all of the support!

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Update on KKOOM College Students

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Jun 152016

Since 2011, KKOOM has been helping young adults who grew up in Korean orphanages go to college by providing scholarships and mentoring support. This spring, we provided support for four young adults, whom we’ll introduce below. The students receive approximately $500 USD per semester to help offset their living expenses and buy textbooks, provided that they are making adequate progress toward their degrees.

KKOOM Korean orphanage college student

JD recently landed a position as a summer intern at Samsung Card in Seoul.

In addition to support from KKOOM, Korean orphans can receive college scholarships from a variety of Korean agencies, which is how a portion of tuition and living expenses are covered. Unfortunately, however, some of the scholarship applications require affidavits from legal parents regarding financial circumstances, making it almost impossible for kids who grew up in orphanages to obtain the scholarships since they often do not have contact with their legal parents. As KKOOM becomes more aware of these kinds of barriers to education, we work with the students and their orphanage caretakers to find other means of support, including increasing our scholarship amounts on a case-by-case basis.

For example, this semester, JD, a 4th year student at Pusan National University majoring in business administration, was very busy looking for a summer internship in his field, and he incurred significant expenses associated with traveling to interviews, getting business clothes and the like. KKOOM was happy to be able to provide him with an extra scholarship (approximately an additional $500) to help offset these expenses. We’re even more thrilled to share that JD landed a two-month paid internship position with Samsung Card in their Marketing Department at the company’s headquarters in downtown Seoul. About half of the interns will be offered full-time positions after graduation. JD says, “My goal is to enter the company after the internship, so I want to experience the company’s environment. Before getting a job, the internship can be a good chance for me to experience what the company is and how the people work.”

You may recall that JD studied at Boston University last summer with help from KKOOM [more]. After taking a year off from his studies to focus on improving his English, JD is on his way to graduating and obtaining his bachelor’s degree this year from Pusan National University.

KKOOM Korean orphanage college students

1st row: Mingyu, Eunbi; 2nd row: JD, Chambit

Here’s an update on our other KKOOM College Scholarship Recipients:

Eunbi, 2nd year at Gumi College, Major: Childcare. Last semester, Eunbi was appointed the student head of her major’s department, and through that opportunity, she gained a lot of new experiences, including helping put on a large exhibition at the college. At the same time, however, these duties put a lot of stress on her so she didn’t have much time for herself or for meeting up with friends. Over winter vacation, though, she was able to balance out her workload, and she also spent some time working as an assistant teacher at the college’s affiliated preschool. In five years, she hopes to be happily married and enjoying her career as a preschool teacher.

Mingyu, 1st year at Gumi College, Major: Hospitality and Cooking. Mingyu hopes to become a hotel chef, so he decided to go to college to improve his chances of landing his ideal job. In his free time, he likes to exercise, and he hopes to travel more in the future. Mingyu has always enjoyed cooking so he is looking forward to doing more of that in college, and he’s also looking forward to meeting new friends.

Chambit, 1st year at Gumi Polytechnic College, Major: Applied Computing. Chambit likes computer games, soccer, working out and listening to music. He is a rather quiet and reserved young man, but kind to all who get to know him. In his first year in college, he hopes to learn more about the various careers available to him based on his chosen major and better develop his future plans. He plans to study hard to get good grades.

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