George W. Bush Presidential Foundation North Korea Freedom Scholarship

The George W. Bush Presidential Foundation North Korea Freedom Scholarship provides one or more annual scholarships for up to $15,000 per year, per student to deserving students who intend to pursue an educational program in the United States or its possessions. Applicants must be lawful permanent residents of the United States who were born in North Korea prior to legal immigration to the United State or their immediate family members. Scholarships may be used to cover tuition, fees, books, and on-campus housing.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria:

Applicants must demonstrate:
1. Legal status as lawful permanent residents of the United State or U.S. citizenship.
2. Birth in North Korea or be immediate family members of someone who was born in North Korea prior to legal immigration to the United States.

Selection criteria includes community participation, demonstrated leadership potential, letters of recommendation, essay response, and financial need. Applicants are encouraged to submit at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher or academic mentor. While at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher or academic mentor is preferred, letters of recommendation may come from a coaches, employers, mentors, etc.

Note: This scholarship may be renewed on an annual basis by completing the scholarship application in full. Renewal applications will be reviewed alongside first-time applicants.

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Supplemental Questions
  1. Location of Birth (country):
  2. Please upload verification of birth in North Korea.
    If you do not have legal documentation (i.e. an I-94 or IOM documents such as a boarding letter), please provide one of the following:
  3. Affidavit attesting to birth in North Korea.
  4. Letter from refugee service provider who helped you settle in the United States.
  5. Please upload verification of citizenship (i.e. certificate of naturalization) or legal status as a lawful permanent resident of the United States (i.e. Green Card or Permanent Resident Card).
  6. Education and Program Questions
    • 01. What is the highest level of education you have achieved?
    • 02. What is the name of the institution where you received your highest degree of education?
    • 03. Please select each of the educational institutions that you have attended:
    • 04. What educational program do you plan to attend or continue attending?
    • 05. Is the program that you plan to attend part-time or full-time?
    • 06. What do you plan to study?
    • 07. What is your current application status for the program you plan to attend?
    • 08. What are your long-term professional plans?
    • 09. Please upload a copy of your most recent transcript, if available.
  7. Financial Need Information: Please respond with your expected expenses and additional aid to the best of your ability in order to assist the scholarship committee in understanding your financial situation for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. As a need-based scholarship, completing each question below is crucial for the scholarship committee's review:
    • 01. Tuition Expense (academic year 2018-2019):
    • 02. Educational Fees (academic year 2018-2019):
    • 03. Book Fees (academic year 2018-2019):
    • 04. Will you live on-campus or off-campus during the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 academic semesters? Note, this scholarship may be applied to on-campus housing expenses, but cannot be used to pay for off-campus housing.
    • 05. On-campus Housing Expense (academic year 2018-2019):
    • 06. How much federal aid do you expect to receive in the 2018-2019 academic year? Please be as detailed as possible in your response.
    • 07. Are you receiving other scholarships or grants for the 2018-2019 academic year? If so, how much?
    • 08. Do you anticipate any additional financial support during the 2018-2019 academic year? If so, how much?
    • 09. Please detail any financial circumstances that may hinder your ability to cover education expenses:
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