25th Seol-Bong Scholarship

The application is now closed.
Thank you to all those applied for the 25th SeolBong (설봉) scholarship.
The result will be notified to those applied on November 15, 2019.
Grant Amount

$2,000.00 - $3,000.00

Application Deadline

Upon receiving first 60 applications or 

October 12, 2019



Application Instructions &
Award Ceremony

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019


To qualify you must meet the following 1, 2, and 3 criteria:

  1. A Korean-American (US citizen) or a Korean (with or without the permanent resident status), is currently enrolled as a full-time student working for a degree, such as, BA, BS, MA, MS, MBA, JD, MD, DDS, Ph.D., etc, at a legally approved college or university located in any one of the following  northeastern states of the United States:  Connecticut, D.C., Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont, and Virginia.

  2. A student with a 3.5 grade point average or above.

  3. A student in need of financial assistance and has demonstrated an excellency in his/her field of study or has contributed greatly to the well being of the society.

Note: : Former RFF scholarship grant recipients are encouraged to apply.

Grant Policy
  • You must attend the award ceremony to receive the scholarship. The ceremony will be held on December 21, 2019 from 1PM till 5:30PM in Fort Lee, NJ. It is no longer allowed for someone else to accept the award on your behalf.

  • It is the policy of the Ryu Family Foundation that our scholarship grant is granted to be used for the tuition and fees that a student owes to his/her college/university. The scholarship grant is not to be used to cover a student's personal expenses. For these reasons, the RFF Foundation’s grant check will  be issued to jointly to the grant's recipient and his/her school.

  • All papers/documents submitted in support of his/her application will NOT be returned. No one, except for the official members of the foundation, will be allowed to review these papers or documents.

  • The decision of the Foundation on the grant is final and not subject to any appeal or reconsideration.


Application Instructions

​Papers & Documents to Submit 


Email the following to 

SeolBong@RyuFoundation.org with a subject line beginning with your last name  and then your first name no later than application deadline. Please email the following as soon as they are ready.

  1. * A completed & signed application form. Save the file as YourLastName-FirstName-RFF-25th-SeolBongApplication.xlsx

    • If you don't have Microsoft Excel, open this either via Google Sheets or Mac Numbers.

    • If you open this via Google, edit it via opening it with Google Sheets and then fill it out and then download it as Microsoft Excel (Make sure the file name is YourLastName-FirstName-RFF-25th-SeolBongApplication.xlsx or the same file name in google sheet)

  2. *A 500-word essay in PDF- Name the file as YourLastName-FirstName-25-Essay.pdf (see below for the essay question)

  3. *A 300-word personal statement in PDF (Instructions on what to write is listed below) Name the file as YourLastName-FirstName-25-Personal.pdf

    (see below for the personal statement)

Mail the following

with proper postages to 

The Ryu Family Foundation, Inc.   P.O. Box 653, Woodland Park, NJ 07424-9991

  1. * A print-out of the completed application form including the instruction; Mail this along with the rest of documents

  2. * A print-out of your essay & a print-out of your personal statement

  3. * A certificate of Current Enrollment Verification; A Sample Certificate of Current Enrollment Verification is on the website

  4. * An official Transcript (Either Sealed in its own envelope from the attending school or a prior school (high school or college if this is the first year attending the school)) or mailed to us directly from the school)

  5. *A recommendation letter by a professor/teacher of either current school or prior school (Either mailed or emailed directly to us)

  6. * A copy of parents' last year's tax return & yours if applicable. Mail this along with the rest of documents

  7. * Housing supporting document either monthly mortgage stmt or rental billMail this along with the rest of documents

  8. A resume

Note: * are required to submit


Essay Question

The 2020 United States presidential election, scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2020, will be the 59th quadrennial U.S. presidential election. Voters will select presidential electors who in turn on December 14, 2020, will either elect a new president and vice president or re-elect the incumbents. Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan acrimony is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in recent history. These trends manifest themselves in myriad ways, both in politics and in everyday life. During the civil war, when America was divided over slavery, President Abraham Lincoln led the country through the Civil War, its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis.

Below is the link to the blog listing 10 qualities that made Abraham Lincoln a great leader, written by Catherine L. Moreton, J.D. based on historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s views on the president.

Please read the blog and write a 500 word essay about what 2 essential leadership qualities, either from the blog or any other source, that you think would help the next president lead America to a united country. Tell us which presidential candidate possesses the qualities you selected.

Link to the blog: https://hr.blr.com/whitepapers/staffing-training/leadership/10-qualities-that-made-abraham-lincoln-a-great-lea


Personal Statement

The founder of the Ryu Family Foundation, late chairman Jae Doo Ryu, often said and lived a life following his philosophy:

" If you live a life honestly and assiduously while keeping credibility to others, people and money will follow you naturally "

Write a 300 word statement describing what his philosophy means to you and also how it would help you achieve your life's vision.








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