[KKOOM] Support for young adult Korean orphans

by Korean Kids and Orphanage Outreach Mission
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KKOOM is excited to announce that we are entering our 4th year of awarding KKOOM college scholarships to Korean young adult orphans and foster youth. We are currently recruiting applicants at the orphanages and children's homes in Korea where we volunteer, and we hope to be able to fund an all-time high of 10 college scholarships this year.

As we are recruiting applicants, we were wondering if you, our supporters of these scholarships, have any questions for the young adult recipients. Perhaps you're curious about their goals or some other facet

If you have a question you'd like to ask one of the KKOOM college scholarship applicants, please email your question to me (ajachym@kkoom.org) by February 15, 2015, and we will do our best to ask it.  Please include your full name and location, and also let us know if it's ok to publish your first name and location or whether you prefer to be anonymous.

We may use or reprint your question. KKOOM reserves the right to edit questions or refrain from asking questions we perceive as inappropriate.

Thank you for your help and support!

 

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AIMEE J. JACHYM | Co-founder & President
(e) ajachym@kkoom.org | (skype/kakao) aimeeimnida
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KOREAN KIDS AND ORPHANAGE OUTREACH MISSION (KKOOM)
Improving the lives of Korean orphans through outreach and education
P.O. Box 973, Portage, MI, USA 49081 | (us-tel) + 1-269-340-0430

Links:

Fall 2014 College Scholarship Recipients
Fall 2014 College Scholarship Recipients

Our five KKOOM college scholarship recipients are already in the midst of taking their midterm exams for the fall semester. Here's brief update from each of them.

  • Jindong  (upper left), management major, is worried about raising his overall grade point average, so he says he'll be studying extra hard this semester.
  • Yoonjung (upper left) was appointed student head of her major (special educaiton), so she is enjoying the new leadership experience.
  • Junghye (center) says she's always wanted to learn about wigs and hair extensions, and this semester she has a class devoted to that topic! (Let us know if you want us to have you do your hair the next time you're in Korea. She did mine, and it turned out great!)
  • Sunghee (bottom left) is anticipating getting much better grades this semester now that's better adjusted to college life and the new academic challenges.
  • Jaeho (bottom right) is in his last semester of his Masters of Divinity program, so he is busy writing his thesis and looking forward to graduation.

Thank you for your continued support of their studies and future success!


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AIMEE J. JACHYM | Co-founder & President
(e) ajachym@kkoom.org | 
(skype/kakao) aimeeimnida
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KOREAN KIDS AND ORPHANAGE OUTREACH MISSION (KKOOM)
Improving the lives of Korean orphans through outreach and education
P.O. Box 973, Portage, MI, USA 49081 | (us-tel) + 1-269-340-0430

Links:

2014 KKOOM Scholarship Recipients
2014 KKOOM Scholarship Recipients

Three of our five KKOOM college scholarship recipients just finished their first year semesters in college, and we wanted to use this update to let them introduce themselves. Here are their firsthand biographies.*


Yoonjung, Gumi University, first year, early childhood special education major

I decided on my major because I want to be able to share the love and grace I received while growing up in a children’s welfare institution with others. The pain and challenges I’ve overcome inspire me to want to help others do the same.

Upon entering my first semester in college, I was most looking forward to making new friends, experiencing a new environment, and learning new things on my way toward adulthood.

The KKOOM scholarship helped out with my daily living expenses and gave me some extra margin to enjoy myself a little.

At the moment, my dream is to become a social worker. Others tell me that I have a strong sense of responsibility, and I enjoy helping others.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, so I’ve always enjoyed going to the library to borrow books.


Sunghee, Korea Polytechnics Gumi University, first year, electronics major

I wanted to study electronics, which I had exposure to in high school, along with something else, and automated systems was a good fit.

In my first semester, I was most curious about how quickly I would adapt to college life. I was really looking forward to it and really nervous at the same time.

I’ve been saving money from my part-time job to pay for my living expenses, but the KKOOM scholarship has covered all of my textbooks and study aids, which I would’ve otherwise had to take care of on my own.

My dream is to enter a large company after graduation. I enjoy making and assembling things, so I hope to enter a suitable profession in the manufacturing realm.

On a personal note, I really enjoy soccer, even though I am not especially good. I am especially looking forward to the 2014 World Cup.


Junghye, Gyeongbuk Science University, first year, professional cosmetology major

Ever since I was young, I wanted to become a make-up artist and a hair designer. After graduation from high school, I received my hair dresser’s license and began working as a stylist in a salon. After nearly 10 years, I decided to go back to school to get my professional cosmetology degree and license in make-up design.

Returning to school allows me to learn about so much more than just hair. I’ll also be studying health and beauty generally in addition to make up and body art.

The KKOOM Scholarship will cover some of my school expenses and license exam fees.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling, so whenever I have a chance, I like to visit the mountains or the ocean. I also enjoy reading.

Whenever I get the opportunity to make someone feel beautiful, I feel an overwhelming sense of happiness.


Wednesday, June 25th is Microsoft YouthSpark Bonus Day. It starts at 12:00 PM Noon EDT and goes for 24-hours or until funds run out. All donations to this project will be matched at 100%! Please consider giving generously on YouthSpark Bonus Day!

Thank you for your continued support! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

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AIMEE J. JACHYM | Co-founder & President
(e) ajachym@kkoom.org | (skype/kakao) aimeeimnida
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KOREAN KIDS AND ORPHANAGE OUTREACH MISSION (KKOOM)
Improving the lives of Korean orphans through outreach and education
P.O. Box 973, Portage, MI, USA 49081 | (us-tel) + 1-269-340-0430

*Biographies translated from Korean to English by Aimee Jachym.

Thanks to your support, four (4) college students who grew up at Samsungwon, an orphanage in Gumi, South Korea, have been awarded college scholarships from KKOOM. Each scholarship is worth approximately $500 USD and will help the students pay for expenses like books and housing. The scholarships are renewable for each semester the students are enrolled in college as full-time students.

Here's a brief list of this semester's scholarship recipients and what they're studying:

  • Freshman, female, social welfare
  • Freshman, male, electronics
  • Junior, male, business mangement
  • 3rd-year grad student, male, master's of divinity

Our next report will include a more detailed update about these students and their progress. Thank you for your continued support.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me directly! Thank you!

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AIMEE J. JACHYM | Co-founder & President
(e) ajachym@kkoom.org | (skype/kakao) aimeeimnida
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KOREAN KIDS AND ORPHANAGE OUTREACH MISSION (KKOOM)
Improving the lives of Korean orphans through outreach and education
P.O. Box 973, Portage, MI, USA 49081 | (us-tel) + 1-269-340-0430

Links:

Fall 2013 KKOOM College Scholarship Recipients
Fall 2013 KKOOM College Scholarship Recipients

This fall KKOOM was able to award college scholarships of approximately $500 USD (500,000 Korean won) to 5 students who grew up in a Korean orphanage. The students use these funds to off-set their educational costs and pay for things like dormitory expenses, lab fees, and extra curriculars.

One of the students no longer has to commute 1.5 hours each way to school where he is studying for a Master's in Divinity. Instead, he can just live in the campus dormitory Monday through Friday. He still comes home on the weekends because he is an assistant pastor at his local church, which is attended by many of the same kids he grew up with in the orphanage.

Another student is using her KKOOM scholarship money to help pay her bills in her small off-campus apartment. She's in her last semester of nursing school and is enjoying the freedom of living on her own and having a little extra money to got out to eat and hang out with friends in her limited free time.

As always, if you have questions, you may contact me directly at ajachym [at] kkoom [dot] org.

Thank you for your support!

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Korean Kids and Orphanage Outreach Mission

Location: Portage, MI - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.kkoom.org
Project Leader:
Aimee Jachym
President
Portage, MICHIGAN United States

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