KCS’ Dr. Lee Hoon Scholarship 2021

KCS' Dr. Lee Hoon Scholarship 2021

Mission Statement

The Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS) is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities to support outstanding high school seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership in their communities through the Dr. Lee Hoon Scholarship Program. Three scholarships of $3,000 each will be awarded to low-income students entering a four-year college or university in the fall of 2021, to assist with tuition payments. Outstanding applicants will be well-rounded students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and community involvement.

Dr. Lee pictured at the KCS 2019 Gala.

About Dr. Lee Hoon

Dr. Lee Hoon is a retired dentist from San Francisco, California, whose own education was only possible because of the support of various scholarship programs. Dr. Lee was born in Korea and received his DDS and PhD from Seoul National University before immigrating to the United States in 1973. After quickly passing his boards in 1974, Dr. Lee opened up a practice in San Francisco. He has been an active member of the Korean-American communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City and is committed to giving back to his community. Dr. Lee has also been active in his church’s pastoral ministry, through which he has worked with elderly Koreans and nursing home residents, as well as providing health and dental care to communities in rural Mexico. Dr. Lee currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.


Applicants must:
1. Be of Korean heritage
2. Be a current high school senior
3. Be enrolled in a four-year college or university for the Fall semester of 2021
4. Be a resident of New York State or be attending a college/university in the San Francisco Bay Area
5. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
6. Have demonstrated leadership skills and/or volunteerism in their communities
7. Have a family income of or below 400% of the federal poverty level.

How to apply

How To Apply

  • ✅A completed and signed application (Online Form). The application will consist of the following:
    • Applicant Information
    • References
      • You will be required to submit at least 1 professional, non-relative reference (Name, phone number, email, relation)
    • Extracurricular Activities
      • You will be required to submit at least ONE (1) activity and/or club
    • Work/Volunteer Experiences
      • Please note that you do not need any work/volunteer experiences to complete this application.
    • Recognitions/Awards
      • Please note that you do not have to have received any special recognition in the past to apply for this scholarship.
    • Essay
      • You will be asked to submit a short essay (400 Word Limit) based on your choice of ONE of the two prompts below:
        • What is the most important thing you learned during the pandemic and how has it affected your thinking about your own future? 
        • Please tell us how your family background has affected the way you see the world.

✅Required Documents: You must send the following documents in PDF form in a single email to scholarships@kcsny.org with the subject line [First Name, Last Name] 2021 KCS Lee Hoon Scholarship Application. 

  • Most recent transcript (official or unofficial is acceptable)
    • File titled: [First Name, Last Name] Transcript
  • Most recent copy of parent/guardian’s federal income tax form

    • File titled: [First Name, Last Name] Federal Income Tax Form


For consideration, applications must be submitted by Friday, May 14th, 2021

The scholarship committee may request supplemental information if needed. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please make sure to submit all required materials.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What does Korean ancestry mean?

You must have at least one grandparent who is Korean. 

Do you have to be a US citizen to receive this scholarship?

No. You only need to be a resident of New York State or be attending a college or university in the San Francisco Bay Area in the fall of 2021.

What exactly does 400% of the federal poverty level mean?

The federal poverty level (FPL) is a measure of income issued every year by the Department of Health and Human Services that is used to determine your eligibility for certain programs. The poverty level is based on household income and household size. If your family makes between 100% – 400% of the FPL per year, you are eligible to apply for this scholarship program. For more information, please see the eligibility requirements.

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What do you mean by the San Francisco Bay Area? Are Oakland and Palo Alto part of this area?

The San Francisco Bay Area includes the following nine counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. Oakland and Palo Alto are considered a part of this area.

What matters the most in how you select the scholarship recipient - the GPA, essay, or reference?

We will take all of the criteria into consideration during our selection process.

What do you mean by demonstrated leadership? Does it have to be leadership among Koreans?

No, your leadership experience does not need to be specifically in the Korean community. However, we encourage applicants with leadership experience in the Korean community to apply. 

What can this scholarship money be used for? Can I use it to buy books and computers and other school supplies?

The scholarship can only go towards tuition payments and will be sent directly to the college or university you will be attending.

When will I find out if I've won a scholarship?

We will announce scholarship awards by June 2021. 

Who can qualify for this scholarship? Do I need to be starting my first year of college/university?

Yes, you need to be starting your first year of college or university this fall (2021). Please see other eligibility requirements on the website. 

How many scholarships will be awarded? How much will be given?

This year, three scholarships will be awarded for $3,000 each. 

How and when will I receive the money?

KCS will pay the school directly in June-July 2021.