KAGRO Foundation Scholarship

The KAGRO Foundation Scholarship is awarded by the Korean American Grocers Association (KAGRO) Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization. The awards program provides $500 to $1000 deserving California students who are planning on or currently attending an accredited 4-year college or university. This financial aid is open to all eligible applicants regardless of race, sex, or national origin just as long as they meet the minimum eligibility criteria.

Award Information:

Amount: $500 to $1000
Number of Scholarship Award: Varies
Deadline: August 31, annually
GPA: applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the first three (3) years of college
Major: Check official website for more information
Eligibility Requirements: this award is given to highly deserving students who are residents of communities that are serviced by the Korean American Grocers Association (KAGRO) members.

Additional Requirements:

– Applicant must be a resident of the State of California
– Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in an accredited four-year college or university. Graduate students may not apply.
– Student must be recommended by his or her academic adviser or teacher/professor.
Acceptable Class Years: college freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior

Application Process:

1. Send your letter of interest and self-stamped envelope to:
KAGRO Foundation
Attn: Scholarship Program
4201 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 623
Los Angeles, CA 90010

2. Write a 2-3 page essay on the topic: Educational Goal, Community Service Experience or Activities. All essays must be typewritten.
3. The self-stamped envelope you sent will be mailed back to you by the Foundation along with the scholarship application form. Make sure to fill out the application form(s) completely and accurately.
4. Attach a certified copy of your current transcripts.
5. Include in your application package a recommendation letter from your academic advisor.
6. Include 2 of your most recent photos.
7. Mail the completed application form and all required attachments back to the KAGRO Foundation.
Note: Do not send your attachments until you receive the application form from the Foundation.

Tips on completing your application:

1. Not all applications are the same; don’t be afraid to tailor your application or essay.
2. Avoid saying something in two words what you can say in just one.
3. Make your application easy to read. The selection committee reads thousands of applications on a yearly basis. Reading applications with glaring errors and poor quality can get very old, very quickly. Having an easy to read essay might improve your chances of being selected.
4. Review your application and essay to check for errors. You can ask somebody to check it for you.
5. In writing your essay, always remember to know your audience. Think about the particular aims of the Foundation and what they hope to achieve with the program.

Selection Criteria:

The scholarship committee will choose the winners based on the following:
a. Academic achievement
b. Good citizenship
c. Participation in community activities
d. Potential to succeed
e. Applicant’s aspirations
f. Financial need

Contact Information:

KAGRO Foundation
3727 West 6th Street, Suite 405
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: (213) 937-7777 or (213) 380-3771
Fax: (213) 937-5539
Website: www.kagro.org

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