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Press Release: Students Aspire and Inspire, NAKASEC and Affiliates Announce the 2009 Dream Scholarship Fund Recipients

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For Immediate Release
August 14, 2009

Contacts:
Jung Hee Lee, KRC, junghee@krcla.org
Eunyoung Lee, KRCC, eunyoung@chicagokrcc.org
HyunJoo Lee, NAKASEC, hlee@nakasec.org

Students Aspire and Inspire
NAKASEC and Affiliates Announce the 2009 Dream Scholarship Fund Recipients

(Los Angeles, CA) The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and its affiliates, the Korean Resource Center in Los Angeles and the Korean American Resource & Cultural Center in Chicago, are proud to announce this year’s Dream Scholarship Fund recipients. A record 135 applications were received from which six recipients were chosen. These inspiring students symbolize the great promise of immigrant students who have overcome barriers to achieve higher education and dedicated themselves to serving and strengthening America.

“My dream is to work towards positive change and heal the souls and the bodies of those who have experienced the worst of life; I want to give hope, opportunities, and the freedom to choose to the poorest among us. But more than that I want to become the change I want to see in the world as Gandhi once said,” said Mina Park, scholarship recipient that will be attending New York University.

“This means so much to me and my family, especially coming from a Korean American organization that is helping immigrant communities. It may just seem like money, but it is much more; it reassures me that there are groups out there helping others and that value is instilled in me and I am committed to passing it on,” said David Cho, scholarship recipient attending the University of California-Los Angeles.

“The scholarship is very meaningful to me because it will lessen the burden for my parents to pay my tuition and will help me reach my dream – I want to study medicine and help my community because as an Asian American, I know that living in the U.S. as an immigrant is hard and many do not have medical care. I am also very grateful for the organization and the youths that worked so hard to fundraise for this scholarship,” said Judy Kim, scholarship recipient who will be attending the University of Illinois-Chicago.

To learn more about the Dream Scholarship Fund and how you can support the cause, please contact NAKASEC or an affiliate center nearest you. Media interviews with the scholarship recipients are available upon request. They reside in the following states: California, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York. Please contact HyunJoo Lee at hlee@nakasec.org or 323-937-3703 for scheduling.

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Dream Scholarship Fund
Founded in early 2008 by Korean American youth who first mobilized 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 was created with the goal of awarding $1,000 scholarships to financially needy students facing undue hardships.

NAKASEC
The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) was founded in 1994 by local community centers to project a national progressive voice on major civil rights and immigrant rights issues and promote the full participation of Korean Americans in American society.