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KWVA Academic Scholarships

The KWVA offers scholarships for descendants of Korean War Veterans.

Scholarship Program

This scholarship program consists of seven $1,000 scholarships and two $1,500 scholarships. The funds may be used for any term during the next academic school year following receipt of the scholarship. Although this scholarship is not renewable, the applicants may reapply for the scholarship in subsequent years.

Qualifications - The Applicant

  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • First Year Student applicants must have a Letter of Acceptance as a full-time student from their university or college.
  • Must be pursuing an Associate, Bachelor, or Advanced Degree in any discipline.
  • Must have a minimum 3.5 on a 4.0 scale GPA stated on application and must be verifiable from transcript.
  • High school and college transcripts must be submitted and must have school names printed on them.
    • For high school students entering college, this is a cumulative GPA for grades 9-11 and first semester of 12th grade.
    • For students currently at freshman level in college, it is the cumulative GPA for grades 9-12 and first semester of college.
    • For college students who are sophomores or higher, it is their college transcript for all semesters completed.
  • Must submit a 300 to 400-word personal essay entitled “Historical Lessons Learned from the Korean War.”


All scholarship applications and requested materials must be submitted via US Postal Service and received by July 31, 2024. The Scholarship Committee will not acknowledgment receipt of applications. For verification that it was received, send it via USPS mail. Faxes or emails will not be accepted.

Only Scholarship recipients will be notified. Checks will be delivered to Financial Aid Officer of the Recipient's college or university to be credited to the student's account. All decisions made by the Scholarship Selection Committee will be final.

Scholarship Recipients will be recognized at our Annual Meeting in October of 2024. Detailed information will be provided to Scholarship Recipients at a later date. Although attendance is not mandatory, scholarship recipients are encouraged to attend.

Required Materials

The following items are required to complete the application process. These items must be submitted in a single envelope in the order listed. All items received separately, except for transcripts which may be mailed directly from your school, will not be considered.

  • Application - must be on the original form, printed legibly or typed, and signed.
    NOTE: You must use the 2024 Application Form, which supersedes all previous application forms, and add no extra sheets.
  • Essay - must be typed (double spaced), consisting of 300 to 400 words.
  • GPA - submit all applicable high school and college transcripts.
  • Letter of Acceptance - from the school for the student's first year in college.
  • Proof of Service - for Applicant's deceased Korea veteran ancestor.

Application Form

Mailing Address

Korean War Veterans Association, Inc.
Scholarship Selection Committee
2473 SW Galiano Rd
Port St Lucie FL 34987-2061