Korean Ancestry Grant – Frequently Asked Questions

Korean Ancestry Grants applicants will be notified  July 15, 2017. 

 

How to Apply

Can I have information on how to apply?
What do I need to do to apply?
How are award recipients chosen?

 

Supporting Documents FAQs

What supporting documents do I need to mail in?
How should I send in my supporting documents? 
How will I know you’ve received them?
Can you email me to let me know you’ve received my supporting documents?
USPS returned my application! What can I do?
Can I email you my supporting documents?
Do all supporting documents need to be in sent in one envelope? Will you accept it otherwise?
Can I drop off the application at the Foundation’s office?
Can I send my application by UPS or FedEx or other courier service?

 

Letters of Recommendation FAQs

Who should write my recommendation letters?
Is there a format for the recommendation letters?
Should my letter writers send you their letters directly?
Can I send my recommendation letters in separately?
Can I send in more than 3 recommendation letters?
I am a currently a freshman in college. Can I include high school recommendation letters?
Can I send in photocopies of my recommendation letters?
Can my teacher email you my recommendation letter?

 

Transcript FAQs

Do you need the transcript mailed directly from the school or can I send it?
My student records office is currently backlogged with transcript requests. May I send in an unofficial copy of my transcript?

 

Written Statement FAQs

What should my written statement be about?
Should I mail in my written statement?

 

Eligibility FAQs

What is the minimum GPA required?
What areas of studies are eligible?
Is the grant based on merit or financial need?
I am adopted, am I eligible?
I am a junior in high school, can I apply?
I am enrolled part time, can I apply?
I am enrolled in a community college, can I apply?
I already have a bachelor’s degree and am pursuing another degree. Am I eligible to apply?
I am a graduate student, can I apply?
I am older than the traditional college student. Am I eligible to apply?
I am not a US citizen, am I eligible to receive a Korean Ancestry Grant?
Do you have to be Korean to apply for the Korean Ancestry Grant?
I am not full Asian. Can I apply?

 

Online application FAQs

What should I do if I am having a problem with the online application?
Is it possible to send in the entire application for the Korean Ancestry Grant via postal service?
I haven’t yet received acceptance notifications, what should I write in that field?
What is a CV?
I haven’t decided on where I am going in the fall, what should I put in that field? 
What should my written statement be about?
Can I update my application?
What does “grant amount requested” mean?

 

Award FAQs

What is the maximum amount of a Korean Ancestry Grant?
Will I get my full requested amount or nothing at all?
If I ask for $10,000 will it have a negative impact on my application?
When will students be notified if they are recipients?
Is this grant renewable?
How many times can I renew my award?

 

Other FAQs

How can I contact someone if I have further questions?
Can I have information on how to apply? 
Please visit the Korean Ancestry Grant main page for information on how to apply:

http://www.dingwallfoundation.org/grants/
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What do I need to do to apply?
You must complete the  online application  and send in your supporting documentation before the deadline.

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How are award recipients chosen?
Korean Ancestry Grant applicants are judged on their written statements, academic history, and the strength of their letters of recommendation.

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Supporting Documents

What supporting documents do I need to mail in?
Students must submit:

  1. An official, sealed transcript.
  2. At least two, but not to exceed three, recommendation letters.

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How should I send in my supporting documents?
United States Postal Service is the best way to mail in your supporting documents. The Foundation uses a PO Box, so if you send it via UPS or FedEx, there will be no one to sign the package. It will only cause delay to your application.

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How will I know you’ve received them?
Students are encouraged to send their supporting documents by USPS with delivery confirmation.

Another option is to send a self addressed and stamped postcard or envelope with a description of the included documents for your information.
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Can you email me to let me know you’ve received my supporting documents?
No. Due to the high volume of applications the Foundation receives each year, we cannot confirm that an applicant’s supporting documents has been received.

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USPS returned my application! What can I do?
Send us an email at kag at dingwallfoundation.org  explaining the circumstances.  You will need to send us the original returned envelope, the one marked as ‘return to sender’.

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Can I email you my supporting documents?
No. All supporting documents must be mailed and postmarked by the deadline date. We will not accept letters of recommendation  or transcripts via email.

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Do all supporting documents need to be in sent in one envelope? Will you accept it otherwise?
No. However, we highly recommend you send in all your  supporting documents in one package. This ensures that we’ll be able to attach your supporting documents to your online application.

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Can I drop off the application at the Foundation’s office?
No. The Foundation does not maintain a central office. Remember that the application does not have to be delivered by the deadline. We accept the official postmark as proof that the application was submitted on time.

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Can I send my application by UPS or FedEx or other courier service?
No. The Foundation only accepts applications at its post office box. We will accept an official postmark as proof of timely filing.

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Letters of Recommendation

Who should write my recommendation letters?
A professor or teacher who is familiar with your academic strengths and weaknesses.

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Is there a format for the recommendation letters?
No.

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Should my letter writers send you their letters directly?
You may tell your  letter writers  that the Foundation accepts letters given directly to the student for inclusion in the application packet. The letter should be in a sealed envelope with their signature across the back flap.

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Can I send my recommendation letters in separately?
Yes, you may send in your letters of recommendation separately. However, we highly recommend you send in all your  supporting documents in one package. This ensures that we’ll be able to attach your supporting documents to your online application. If your letters of recommendation are sent separately, please ask your letter writers to include your full legal name in their respective letters.

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Can I send in more than 3 recommendation letters?
You shouldn’t. The maximum is 3 letters of recommendation. If you include 4 or more letters with your application, we will randomly choose three of the letters for inclusion with your application and discard the rest.

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I am a currently a freshman in college. Can I include high school recommendation letters?
Yes. Your application should include at least one letter of recommendation from a university professor or TA. Your application would be much stronger with two letters of recommendation from university professors and an additional letter from a high school teacher.

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Can I send in photocopies of my recommendation letters?
No. Letters of recommendation must be signed, sealed and on your educational institution’s letterhead. Please have the recommendation writer SIGN ACROSS THE ENVELOPE’S BACK as well. Place all of the letters of recommendation in one envelope and send that envelope to the Foundation.

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Can my teacher email you my recommendation letter?
No. All supporting documents, including recommendation letters, must be mailed by the postmarked deadline.

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Transcript

Do you need the transcript mailed directly from the school or can I send it?
Either you or your school may send us your official transcript. Photocopies and transcripts that are not sealed will be considered unofficial and will not be accepted.

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My student records office is currently backlogged with transcript requests. May I send in an unofficial copy of my transcript?
No. Your application is considered incomplete until we receive your transcript and letters of recommendation bearing a postmark of March 31, 2016 or earlier. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

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Written Statement

What should my written statement be about?
You have full creative control over the topic of your written statement. Remember, your application is your chance to convince our selection committee to select you as a Korean Ancestry Grant recipient.

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Should I mail in my written statement?
No. Submit your written statement online only.

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Eligibility

What is the minimum GPA required?
Applicants must have at least a 3.50 unweighted GPA. Award recipients must maintain a 3.50 unweighted GPA to be eligible for award renewal.

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What areas of studies are eligible?
Applicants may pursue any area of undergraduate study at an accredited university or college in the United States.

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Is the grant based on merit or financial need?
The selection process is need-blind. The recipient’s financial need may be considered when deciding the size of his/her award.

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I am adopted, am I eligible?
You must be at least one-fourth (1/4) Asian to apply.

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I am a junior in high school, can I apply?
No, students must be at least a high school senior to apply for a Korean Ancestry Grant.

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I am enrolled part time, can I apply?
Yes. If selected as a recipient, you must be enrolled full-time to receive your funding. The Foundation verifies an applicant’s eligibility before awards are disbursed.

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I am enrolled in a community college, can I apply?
Yes. However, recipients must be enrolled at an accredited four year institution for the following academic year, as well as any year in which you renew.

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I already have a bachelor’s degree and am pursuing another degree. Am I eligible to apply?
No.

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I am a graduate student, can I apply?
No.

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I am older than the traditional college student. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes.

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I am not a US citizen, am I eligible to receive a Korean Ancestry Grant?
Yes. However, award recipients must be pursuing undergraduate studies at a well-accredited and well-established college or university in the United States.

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Do you have to be Korean to apply for the Korean Ancestry Grant?
No. You must be of Asian ancestry. There is a strong preference for applicants of Korean ancestry.

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I am not full Asian. Can I apply?
You must be at least one-fourth (1/4) Asian to apply.

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Online application

What should I do if I am having a problem with the online application?
Please email kag@dingwallfoundation.org.

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Is it possible to send in the entire application for the Korean Ancestry Grant via postal service?
No. All students must complete the online application as well as mail in their supporting documents by the postmark deadline.

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I haven’t yet received acceptance notifications, what should I write in that field?
You may list the colleges and universities that are yet to send you acceptance notifications. Indicate these schools with a *. For example:

Sample University*

Sample University2*
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What is a CV?
For Foundation purposes, it’s an academic résumé. List your awards, distinctions, job & volunteer experiences, etc.

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I haven’t decided on where I am going in the fall, what should I put in that field?
List your first choice or most likely choice in the Fall Enrollment field.

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What should my written statement be about?
You have full creative control over the topic of your written statement. Remember, your application is your chance to convince our selection committee to select you as a Korean Ancestry Grant recipient.

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Can I update my application?
Yes. You may update your application until the application deadline date.

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What does “grant amount requested” mean?
This is the award amount you are believe will best help you as you pursue undergraduate studies.

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Award

What is the maximum amount of a Korean Ancestry Grant?
The maximum amount of a Korean Ancestry Grant award is $10,000.

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Will I get my full requested amount or nothing at all?
The maximum award is $10,000. The amount request field is simply a guideline for the award committee. If you ask for $10,000 and are chosen as an award recipient, the size of your award may be less than $10,000. The award amount is at the discretion of the award committee.

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If I ask for $10,000 will it have a negative impact on my application?
No. Students are encouraged to request the award amount they believe will best help them in their academic career.

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 When will students be notified if they are recipients?
Recipients will be notified June 30, 2017.

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Is this grant renewable?
Yes.

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How many times can I renew my award?
You may renew your award once. Rising seniors may not renew their award.

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Other FAQs

How can I contact someone if I have further questions?
Please email us at kag@dinwallfounation.org.

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