Application Receipt Deadline: To be determined for 2016

The Korean American Bar Association of Southern California (KABA) is not accepting applications at this time for the 2016 KABA Scholarships. Based on available funding, KABA will be awarding a number of $1,000 – $2,000 scholarships to law students in the Southern California area.

Kenneth B. Chang Memorial Scholarships
The scholarships were named in honor of Judge Kenneth B. Chang, who was KABA’s inaugural president and the first Korean American to be appointed to the Superior Court in Southern California. Judge Chang immigrated to the United States in the early 1950s and graduated from Santa Clara Law School. After working in a civil litigation firm, he joined the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office as a criminal prosecutor. In 1968, Judge Chang worked for the U.S. government in Korea, where he negotiated and drafted the Status of Forces Agreement, which set guidelines on the Korean government’s treatment of U.S. military personnel in Korea. He returned to Los Angeles in 1972, practicing in the private sector until 1980, when he was appointed to the Superior Court bench by Governor Jerry Brown. Judge Chang was the first and only Korean American judge in Los Angeles until 1998, since which time several Korean Americans have followed in Judge Chang’s footsteps to serve on the bench.

Additional scholarships are funded through the generous annual donations from the law firm of Lim Ruger & Kim and KABA Past Presidents, as well as other individual contributions.

To Apply

The scholarships are open to any law student who currently attends a law school in Southern California. We are seeking applicants who can demonstrate, through past, current or future contributions, a commitment to serving the Korean American community and/or Asian/Pacific Islander American community. Financial need and availability of other resources—including receipt of other scholarships, fellowships, and awards—may be a factor.

Students will be evaluated based on their completed applications, and interviews may be scheduled. The scholarships will be presented at the 2016 KABA Annual Installation Dinner.

Please complete and sign the application. Applications will be accepted by email (it is preferred, but not required, that all documents be combined into a single PDF attachment), mail, or hand-delivery to the contact below. All applications must be RECEIVED by the close of business (5:00 pm) on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Joann H. Lee | kabascholarship@gmail.com
1102 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019