Sejong Scholarship Foundation in America (SSFA)


Founded in 1997, SSFA has given scholarship funds to university students in need for the past two decades. Originally established by first generation Korean American immigrants as a way of giving back to their community and supporting young talent, the foundation has now passed on to be run by second and third generations. They carry on the work of reaching out to students in America who are dedicated to their academics and future but lack the means to fully pursue their potential. We fundraise, host events, and accept donations In order to continue fulfilling our mission.

SSFA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your donation is tax deductible.
(EIN: 41-2047979)

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Since 1997,

For 21 Years
581 Students
Over $556,000
President of Sejong Scholarship Foundation of America

Welcome message


Welcome to Sejong Scholarship Foundation Website. I am proud to be this year's President. Our mission's priority is to serve college and high school students who excel in academic but are in financial needs. In 2018 and going forward, we plan to expand our program and increase scholarship amount so that more students will benefit. As a growing organization, we welcome your comments and suggestions. Please send them to us so we can use them to improve and evolve as a dynamic organization.

Albert Kim, President

SSFA Alumni Testimonial


SSFA Alumni Testimonial - Jenny Park

Name: Jenny Park
Year: Class of 2016
Current City and State: New York, NY
Current Job/Affiliation: Finance (Private Equity)

I found out about the Sejong scholarship through my mom, who had found a newspaper article detailing the application process. I knew that a college education would be one of the biggest investments I would ever make, so I wanted to alleviate as much burden as I could from my parents. I'm thankful that this scholarship did not only that, but the application process also gave me the opportunity to contemplate how my prior experiences have shaped my identity as a Korean-American. Previously, I had never considered my cultural associations, but I think it was a crucial step in order to present myself as a suitable candidate for the award. I wouldn't have made it to where I am without the communities and individuals who have supported me, and I hope that I can give back to SSFA in the future.

Testimonials from our alumni prove impacts we have made.


"I'M THANKFUL THAT THIS SCHOLARSHIP DID NOT ONLY THAT, BUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS ALSO GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTEMPLATE HOW MY PRIOR EXPERIENCES HAVE SHAPED MY IDENTITY AS A KOREAN-AMERICAN. . . . I WOULDN'T HAVE MADE IT TO WHERE I AM WITHOUT THE COMMUNITIES AND INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SUPPORTED ME. . . .""

"I FOUND OUT ABOUT SSFA THROUGH THE KOREAN SOCIETY OF MARYLAND, WHERE I MET A LOT OF INCREDIBLE AND INSPIRING ASIAN/KOREAN AMERICAN STUDENTS WITH SIMILAR DREAMS. SSFA ENCOURAGED ME TO KEEP WORKING HARD, AND REMAIN POSITIVE WHILE I WAS WORKING TOWARD TO EARN MY UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE."

Why Sejong?


The name of our scholarship program comes from King Sejong the Great, a sovereign ruler of the Joseon dynasty from 1418 to 1450. We as a philanthropic organization took our inspiration from him because he is known as one of the greatest Kings in Korean history for his intelligence and lasting public works, which includes the Korean alphabet. He created the modern Korean alphabet in order to help the common folk read and write, which was incredibly rare back then due to limited access to education of traditional chinese characters. The scientific and phonetic structure of the new alphabet made it incredibly easy to learn. With this new alphabet, King Sejong set out to fix the root of all political, economic, and social disparities, which he knew stemmed from the dissemination of knowledge, hence education. If more people from diverse backgrounds could read and write, and thus share information, then opportunities for upward social mobility would grow, and society’s problems of inequity would decrease. It is this mission of King Sejong that we wholeheartedly adopted and implemented in our foundation’s work. Through our scholarship, we intend to support students, who are promising young intellectuals but cannot afford their education otherwise, so that their future lives are not solely determined by their circumstances.

King Sejong

Our History


Year History
May. 1997 The Board of Directors of the Korean Society of Maryland (24th President: Mr. Chik S. Chang) approved the establishment of a scholarship fund for Korean American students using the proceedings of a golf tournament ($8,237.95).
Dec. 1997 The Korean American Scholarship Foundation of Maryland was established with Mr. Jong H. Lee and Dr. Joo D. Yoon as the inaugural Chair and the President, respectively.
June. 1998 The name was changed to the Sejong Scholarship Foundation of USA.
Sep. 1998 It was registered to the State of Maryland as a nonprofit organization.
Dec. 1999 The inaugural scholarships were awarded to 12 students, including Ms. Soowon Ha (UMCP), at an award ceremony held at Goongjun Restaurant.
Mar. 2000 Mr. Bobby Kim and Mr. Chik S. Jang were elected the 2nd President and the Chair, respectively.
Nov. 2000 The 2nd-year scholarships were awarded to 23 students, including Mr. Young Ook Shin (Cornell University), at an award ceremony at Q's Restaurant.
Nov. 2001 The 3rd-year scholarships were awarded to 21 students, including Mr. Jooyup Cho (UMBC), at an award ceremony held at Goongjun Restaurant.
Mar. 2002 Mr. Chik S. Jang and Ms. Eun Kim were elected the 3rd President and the Chair, respectively.
Dec. 2012 It was registered to the IRS as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
June. 2002 A fundraising dinner was held at Goongjun Restaurant.
Oct. 2002 The 4th-year scholarships were awarded to 20 students, including Mr. SangkyungPyun (UM Graduate School), at an award ceremony held at Q's Restaurant.
June. 2003 The Board of Directors approved the 1st amendment of the bylaws.
Aug. 2003 The 5th-year scholarships were awarded to 20 students, including Mr. Chuljoon Hwang (Johns Hopkins University).
Mar. 2003 Mr. Seung K. Rhee and Ms. Eun Kim were elected the 4th President and the Chair, respectively.
May. 2004 A golf outing for scholarship fundraising was held at the River Downs County Club at Pinks berg, raising more than $30,000.
Aug. 2004 A Korean Lyric Concert was held for fundraising at the Maryland Art Center.
Aug. 2004 The 6th-year scholarships were awarded to 33 students, including Ms. Chanmi You (Yale University).
Aug. 2005 The 7th-year scholarships were awarded to 44 students, including 13 high school students and 33 college students at a Concert celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Liberation Day held at the University of Maryland Arts Center.
Mar. 2006 Mr. Peter Lee and Mr. Ok T. Kim were elected the 5th President and the Chair, respectively.
July. 2007 The 8th-year scholarships were awarded to 29 students, including Ms. GiaKan (Duke University).
Mar. 2008 Mr. Peter Leewas reelected and Mr. John Chang was elected the Chair for a 3-year term.
Nov. 2008 The 9th-year scholarships were awarded to 45 students, including Mr. Hyun-Young Yoon (Yanji University & KAIST), who was one of eight recipients of the John Chang Scholarship Fund.
Aug. 2009 The inaugural campaign, "Scholarship of Love," was launched in partnership with the Korea Times, raising $50,000.
Nov. 2009 The 10th-year scholarships were awarded to 42 students, including Ms. Soo-Young Jung ( Virginia Tech), at an award ceremony held at the Turf Valley Resorts and Conference. Eight were recipients of John Chang Scholarship Fund and several were receiving from the JC Mission Fund.
April. 2010 Rev. Thorn W. Myung was elected the 7th President.
July. 2010 At a board of directors meeting held at the Mr. Chang's, the bylaws were amended and several directors were appointed.
Aug.2010 The 2nd-year "Scholarship of Love" campaign started in partnership with the Korea Times, raising $60,000.
Nov. 2010 The 11th-year scholarships were awarded to 33 students, including Mr. Enoch Cha, at an award ceremony held at the Turf Valley Resorts and Conference.
Jan. 2011 At a board of directors meeting held at Kimko Restaurant, the bylaws were amended for the second time.
July. 2011 The 3rd-year "Scholarship of Love" campaign began in partnership with the Korea Times, raising $52,000.
Nov. 2011 The 12th-year scholarships were awarded to 31 students, including Mr. Enoch Cha, at an award ceremony held at the Turf Valley Resorts and Conference.
Feb. 2012 Rev. Thorn W. Myung was reelected as 8th President, and Mr. Donald Chang was elected the 7th Chair.
June. 2012 A board of directors meeting was held at Mr. Chang's to elect the Executive Team.
Aug. 2012 A Controller and a Treasurer was appointed at a board meeting held at Kimko Restaurant.
Oct. 2012 The 4th-year "Scholarship of Love" campaign was completed in partnership with the Korea Times, raising $49,500.
Dec. 2012 The 13th-year scholarships were awarded to 36 students, including Ms. Hyehyun Choi, at an award ceremony held at the Philippi Church.
Feb. 2013 Ms. HyeJa Chang was elected the 8th Chair at a board of directors meeting held at Kimko Restaurant.
Sep. 2013 The 8th-yeah “Scholarship of Love sponsorship golf invitation was held
Oct. 2013 The5th-year "Scholarship of Love" campaign was completed in partnership with the Korea Times, raising $44,200.
Nov. 2013 The 14th-year scholarships were awarded to 27 students, including Mr. Chris Jihyun Ahn, at an award ceremony held at the Turf Valley Resorts and Conference.
Jan. 2014 John Hwang was elected the 9thPresident.
Sep. 2014 The 9th-yeah “Scholarship of Love sponsorship golf invitation was held
Oct. 2014 The 6th-year "Scholarship of Love" campaign was completed in partnership with the Korea Times, raising $51,150.
Nov. 2014 The 15th-year scholarships were awarded to 33 students, including Ms. Kim, Esther, at an award ceremony held at the Turf Valley Resorts and Conference.
Jan. 2015 Mr. Rev. Thorn W. Myung was elected the 9th Chair at a board of directors meeting held at Tongnamoo House Restaurant.
Aug. 2015 The 10th-yeah “Scholarship of Love sponsorship golf invitation was held
Oct. 2015 The 7th-year "Scholarship of Love" campaign was completed in partnership with the Korea Times, raising $63,300.
Nov. 2015 The 16th-year scholarships were awarded to 33 students, including Ms. Kwon, Hye Lin, at an award ceremony held at the Turf Valley Resorts and Conference.
Feb. 2016 John Hwang was elected the 10th President.
Aug. 2016 The 11th-yeah “Scholarship of Love sponsorship golf invitation was held.
Oct. 2016 The 8th-year "Scholarship of Love" campaign was completed in partnership with the Korea Times, raising $43,400.
Nov. 2016 The 17th-year scholarships were awarded to 33 students, including Ms. Lee,Joanna, at an award ceremony held at the Turf Valley Resorts and Conference.
Feb. 2017 Mr. Rev. Thorn W. Myung was elected the 10th Chair at a board of directors meeting held at Dae jang Geum Restaurant.
Aug. 2017 The 12th-yeah “Scholarship of Love sponsorship golf invitation was held.
Oct. 2017 The 9th-year "Scholarship of Love" campaign was completed in partnership with the Korea Times, raising $44,980.
Nov. 2017 The 18th-year scholarships were awarded to 32 students, including Ms. Christina Jisoo Kim, at an award ceremony held at the Turf Valley Resorts and Conference.
Feb. 2018 Albert Kim was elected the 11th President.
Aug. 2018 The 13th-yeah "Scholarship of Love sponsorship golf invitation" was held.

Our Donators


SSFA would like to thank all the individuals and organizations listed below for donating to our organization for over the past 20 years. Your contributions in time and resources have made our work possible. We will continue to support and to foster talented young students, who wish to pursue academic opportunities with relieved financial distress.

1st Mariner Bank | Albert Kim. CPA | Ben Choi | Best Home Care | Best World Inc. | Bizflow Corperation | Byung W. Jun | C&E Financial Services | C2 Education Center (Bobby Kim) | Care Free Land USA | CBMC | Chung H. Lee | Clean Edge, Inc | Convege Tech Inc. | Dae H. Lee | David Lee | Doo S. Chang | East West Accup & Herbs Clinic | Eun Kim | Eung Kwon Kim M.D. | Flagstar bank | Food Value | Giant Realty | Go Eun&Associotes,llc | Grace Presb. Church | Han, Misop | Heineken USA | Ho Choi Pro | Ho Nam Friendly Asso. | Hong J. Kim | Hye J. Chang | In H. Chang | Jack’s tire | Jae B. Yoo | Jae D. Yoo | Jae S. Bae Esq. | Jay Kim | JC Mission | Ji H. Ryu | Jik S. Chang | Jin H. Park | Jinny Choi Realty | John Hwang | John Jang | John Kang D.D.S. | Jonathan Ahn, Esq. | Jong Hwa Lee | Joo D. Yun M.D. | Joyful Adult Medical Daycare Center | Jun Park. D.D.S. P.A. | Jun Y Park D.D.S. | Jung M. Choi | KA Community Asso. Of Ho. Co., Inc. | Kagro of MD, Inc | Ki S. Kim | Kim’s Auto Electric Services | Kirsh Cleaners | Ko I. Song | KoAm Scholarship Foundation | KoAmerican Church of Philippi | KoAmpac | Korean Business Enterprise Asso. | Korean Chinese Restaurant | Korean Embassy | Korean Presb. Of Baltimore | Korean Resource Center | Korean Society of MD | Kun H. Jung | Laurel's Best Dentist | Lawrence J. Butler | Lee & Associates | LK Inc(Honey Pig Restaurant) | Lotte Plaza | M&T Bank | MAC (Maryland Athletic Club) | Magic Stitch, Inc | Mattew Lee | MD Amateur Athletic Asso. | MD Car Wash Asso. | MD Dry Cleaning Asso. | MD Women's Golf Asso. | Mega Realty & Inv. Inc | Mi H. Shin | Nam Myung Ja | New York Life Insurance | Northwind Liquors | Parkside Liquor, Inc | Pearl Car Wash | PEH (JULIAN B. WILLS) | Peter Lee | PNC bank | Pyung K. Park | Republic National Distnbuting Co. LLc | Rev. Kang H. Lee | Ridgely Auto Services | Rotary Club of Woodlawn-Westview | Ryland home Inc. | Sang J. Kim | Sang K. Han | Seong Ok Baik Realty | Seung H. An | Seung K. Yoo | Seung Paik | Soo Shin | Southern Maryland Oil Co. | Standard Restaurant | Standard Restaurant Equipment | Steve Jang Insurance | Sun Travel, Inc | Sun Trust Bank | SUNG &SUE Inc. | Sung T. Choi | Sung W. Lee | Sung&Hwang Law Office, LLP. | Susan Oh (Giant Realty) | The Korea Times | Thorn Myung | Tony Kim | Top Travel | Triple-C Wholesale | Turf Valley Resort Hotel | Village Liquors | Wings Sports Bar | Won Do Wholesale | Won K. Kim Insurance | Wonder Enterprises Inc. | WSFS Bank | Yeong H. Oh M.D. | Yong I. Chung | Yong K. Kim | Young Nam Friendly Asso. | Young R. Cho | Young W. Yoo | Young's Construction, Inc. | Yu K. Jun | Yu Mi Hogan

The Sejong Scholarship Foundation of America, Inc. Reaches GuideStar Platinum


The Sejong Scholarship Foundation of America, Inc. (SSFA) today earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight progress SSFA is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios. To reach the Platinum level, SSFA added extensive information to its Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission. By taking the time to provide this information, SSFA has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate SSFA. Please find the SSFA profile at https://www.guidestar.org/profile/41-2047979 and share it with your friends and colleagues. We truly appreciate your support and encouragement.

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