For immediate release
February 4, 2008
Kevin Kang, YKASEC, firstname.lastname@example.org
Yongho Kim, KRC, email@example.com
Eunyoung Lee, KRCC, firstname.lastname@example.org
HyunJoo Lee, NAKASEC, email@example.com
Reaching Our Dreams
Korean American Youth Launch National Scholarship Fund
(Los Angeles) The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC), Korean Resource Center (KRC), and YKASEC – Empowering the Korean American Community (YKASEC) are proud to launch the Dream Scholarship Fund. Founded by Korean American youth who have tirelessly campaigned the last five years for the passage of the DREAM Act – tailored legislation that would provide a path to legalization for eligible immigrant students who grew up in the United States – the Dream Scholarship Fund will award $1,000 scholarships to financially needy students who face undue hardships.
“When we started our college application process this year, we found that some of our peers would not be eligible for most financial aid for various reasons. That is why we started the DREAM Scholarship Fund. We should all be able to go to college no matter what,” said Esther Choi, member of Organize, Rise Up, Act, ‘N Get Empowered (ORAnGE) in Los Angeles, CA.
“We believe that education is key to America’s prosperity. A vibrant economy requires individuals with multiple skill-sets and experiences working together. To exclude immigrant students and low-income students who have all the drive to succeed but not the means, is a disservice to our society,” said Yaeun Kim, member of Fighting Youth Shouting Out for Humanity (FYSH) in Chicago, IL.
“The scholarship fund is another way that we can give back to our communities. DREAM Act will always be a priority for us and while we continue that organizing and advocacy into 2008, we hope that this fund will encourage young people to follow their dreams of attending college,” said David Nam, member of Modern Immigration Support Team (MIST) in Flushing, NY.
For more information, to download an application, or to make a donation to the Dream Scholarship Fund, please visit www.nakasec.org. Deadline for applications is March 15, 2008.