Dr. Lee Hoon Scholarship 2021

2021 Dr. Lee Hoon Scholarship Award Recipients

Bayside, NY: Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS) announces the recipients of the 2021 Dr. Lee Hoon Scholarship. Three students will be awarded scholarships of $3,000 each that will assist with tuition payments as they enter four-year colleges or universities this fall. These scholarship recipients were selected for demonstrated academic excellence and leadership in their respective communities.  

The 2021 Dr. Lee Hoon Scholarship recipients are as follows: 

  • David Bang, University of California, Berkeley 
  • Ludia Cho, Cornell University
  • Tina Oh, SUNY Binghamton

“Stay awake. Keep working hard and do not miss opportunities to succeed,” said Dr. Lee to the recipients of his namesake scholarship.

Executive Vice President Myoungmi Kim added, “I hope that our scholarship program, made possible through the generous support of Dr. Lee, will give hope to youth who are facing having to give up opportunities to continue their education due to economic hardships resulting from the pandemic. Education is like a seed, helping our youth grow their roots in Korean American society and establish themselves as a healthy community. I have no doubt that the scholarship recipients will take a bold lead in advancing the status of Koreans, and I hope that they will rise as leaders in Korean, as well as larger American society.

About the Dr. Lee Hoon Scholarship

The Dr. Lee Hoon Scholarship was established in 2020 through the generosity of Dr. Lee Hoon, a retired dentist and first generation Korean immigrant whose own education was only made possible by the support of various scholarship programs. The scholarship seeks to award low-income students of Korean heritage who are residents of New York State or who will be attending a college or university in the San Francisco Bay Area. They must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and have demonstrated financial need.


2021년 KCS 이훈 장학금 수상자 발표 

뉴욕한인봉사센터 (KCS)는  2021년 이훈 박사 장학금 수혜자를 발표합니다. 장학금을 신청한 학생들 중 선정된 3명의 학생들은 각각 3000달러의 장학금을 받게됩니다. 이는 2021년 가을에 4년제 대학에 진학하는 저소득층 학생들에게 학비를 지원하기 위해 수여될 예정으로, 선정된 학생들은 학문적 우수성과 지역사회의 리더십을 증명하였습니다. 

2021년 이훈 박사 작학금 수상자:

  • 방 다비드, University of California, Berkeley 
  • 조 루디아, Cornell University
  • 오 티나, SUNY Binghamton University

이훈 박사님은  “깨어 있어라. 중단없이 노력하고 성공의 기회를 잃지 말라”라는 말을 학생들에게 전하였습니다.

김명미, KCS 부회장님은 “특별히 이번 해는 COVID 19 팬데믹으로 인하여 경제적 어려움을 격으며  배움의 기회 마저 빼앗길 처지에 있는 청소년들에게 KCS 이철훈 박사의 후원 장학금이 희망이 되기를 소망합니다.  교육은 씨와 같은 역할로 우리 미래의 청소년들을 한인 사회에 뿌리를 내리게 하고 건강한 사회의 공동체로 자리매김 하게 될것입니다.  날로 높아지는 한인의 위상에 이훈 장학재단 수상자들이 크게 앞장설것을 믿어 의심치 않으며 한인 사회는 물론 미 주류 사회의 리더로 우뚝 설 것을 기원합니다”라고 하셨습니다.

KCS 이훈 장학금은 다양한 장학 프로그램의 지원을 통해 교육을 받으셨던, 캘리포니아주 샌프란시스코의 은퇴한 치과의사 이철훈 박사의 후원에 힘입어 2020년 설립되었습니다. 이 장학금은 뉴욕주 거주자이거나 샌프란시스코 베이 지역의 대학교에 다닐 예정인 저소득층 한국계 학생들에게 수여하게 됩니다. 학생들은 재정적 필요성을 입증하였으며 누적 학점이 3.0 이상입니다.

2021 Dr. Lee Hoon Scholarship

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.

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.