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New Fund Established: Joulja Juliet Kim Song Scholarship

Dr. Youngdahl Song and Dr. Joulja Juliet Kim Song (’65 Med) established a fund with an original gift of $310,000 in August 2021. The gift of $300,000 is for a permanently restricted fund and the remaining$10,000 in the temporary fund will be allocated to the inaugural scholarship disbursement in 2021. In honor of their passion for the medical field, the fund will be distributed through full-tuition scholarships to students enrolled at the Medical College who are in need of financial aid with a good academic standing. The incoming freshwomen will also be eligible for the scholarship. “We firmly believe in the value of education at Ewha W. University has provided Joulja with a sound basis upon which she built her successful career as an anesthesiologist in the United States. We would like to give the same opportunity to students at Ewha Medical College.”, Dr. Youngdahl Song said. Dr. Joulja Juliet Kim Song retired in 2004 and Dr. Youngdahl Song in 1997 and now live in Florida. They have three daughters (Arleen, Julie, and Paula) who are all professionally active.

(Photo: Drs. Youngdahl & Jeol-ja Kim Song, their daughters Arleen, Julie and Paula from left.)

New Fund Established: Yoon Joo and Sook Ja Choi Lee

Mrs. Sook Ja Choi Lee (’69 Library) from the Washington DC alumnae chapter and her husband Dr. Yoon Joo Lee established a permanently restricted fund with an initial gift of $10,000 on August 10th, 2021. They have not yet determined any stipulations or decided on a goal amount. As they established the fund, they stated that “We regret that we started giving to Ewha too late. We should have done so a long time ago. We are blessed with many things. Most of all, we are blessed with our children who are faithful Christians and devoted to helping marginalized people. We know that the Ewha Foundation is a sound and trustworthy organization. Thus, we ask the Ewha Foundation to use our donations for the most necessary areas for Ewha University: whether it be through a scholarship fund, research fund, or whatever else.” They have been very sincere and steady donors who have helped with many campaigns for the university. They will continue to give to the Foundation annually through their family foundation.

(Photo: Dr. Yoon Joo & Mrs. SookJa Choi Lee and their children)

New Fund Established: Sang Kee Minn, MD and Youn Cho Minn Scholarship

Mrs. Youn Cho Minn (’61 Pharmacy) from New York, NY, established a permanently restricted scholarship fund on July 29, 2021. With aninitial gift of $5,000 and a goal amount of $70,000. It will be a general scholarship fund for the students in need of financial assistance. Her deceased husband Dr. Minn was a generous person to underprivileged people. “My husband’s assistant often called me and complained that he treated a patient without charge. When I asked him about it in the evening, he always answered the patient had no money. That’s why all of my children look up to him so highly and are proud of their father”, said Mrs. Minn.She expressed that she hopes to be a help for students in need without regard for her own possessions. When the goal is reached, only the investment income will be used for the scholarship.

(Photo: Mrs. Youn Cho Minn & Dr. Sang Kee)

New Fund Established: Waun Ki and Mi Hwa Yoo Hong Scholarship

Former Foundation board member Mrs. Mi Hwa Yoo Hong (’66 English) from Houston, TX, (who now lives in Newport Beach, CA), has established a permanently restricted fund on April 19, 2021 with an initial gift of $35,000. She has pledged to give another $35,000 in the coming year and then an additional $30,000 in 2023 so that the fund may reach its goal amount of $100,000 within three years. With this pledge she has joined the Helen Kim Leadership Society. This fund will be allocated to Christian Medical students in need of financial aid. Mrs. Hong said, “I am so delighted to finally establish the scholarship fund which I longed for during the eight years I served the Foundation board. Then, we had to fulfill the pledges my husband made to various schools and organizations. Now, that I have kept almost all of the promises he made while he was alive, I would like to turn to my Alma Mater and support Ewha.” During her tenure on the board she was known for consistently going the extra mile for the Ewha International Alumnae Endowment.

(Photo: Mrs. MiHwaYoo Hong & Dr. Waun Ki)

New Fund Established: Moon Sook Choi-Chung MD & Il Whan Chung MD Scholarship

On December 10, 2020, Dr. Moon Sook Choi-Chung in Sylva, NC, established a scholarship fund with an initial gift of $10,000. She graduated Ewha University Medical School in 1966. With Dr. Choi-Chung’s generous gift, the students of the College of Medicine will be able to study without financial worries. The goal amount will be decided at a later date. After the goal amount is reached, the total interest and income will be used as scholarships for students majoring in Medicine. Dr. Choi-Chung is delighted and thankful to see the development and accomplishments of both Ewha University and the hospitals of today. She has always had Ewha in her heart and felt indebted to the institution. Now, she thinks that it is time to pay back to the university which played a pivotal role in shaping her into the person she is today. Thus, she set up this permanently restricted fund, which she named after herself and her deceased husband. In her words, “I am blessed that I can help Ewha”.

(Photo: Drs. Moon Sook Choi-Chung &IlWhan Chung, and their sons Chris and Charles)

New Fund Established: Jungsil Cho & Jae Yoon Ro Scholarship

Dr. Jungsil Cho Ro (’72 Med), a board member in Houston, TX, and her husband Dr. Jae Yoon Ro established a permanently restricted fund on December 31, 2020. With their initial gift of $10,000 and a goal amount of $100,000, they have joined the Helen Kim Leadership Society. After the goal amount is reached, the investment income from the principal will be used for the Jungsil Cho & Jae Yoon Ro Scholarship for the Medical School. Dr. Ro realized that there have been many underprivileged students in the Medical School. “The tuition for Medical School has been very high for many students. Today, some medical schools in the U.S. and a school in Korea waive the tuition for their education. I hope that Ewha Medical School becomes a tuition free school like those schools in the future. My gift could be just a small addition in establishing such a direction”, said Dr. Ro. 

(Photo: Drs. Jae Yoon & Jungsil Cho Ro)

Help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of the IFEWU!


The 50th Anniversary of the International Foundation for Ewha Womans University

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온라인 축하 메시지 북

The 50th Anniversary of the International Foundation for Ewha Womans University

이화여자대학교 국제재단 설립50주년을 맞아, 여러분들과 온라인 축하 메시지 북을 통하여 서로가 국제재단을 경험하며 느낀 소감이나 감사한 맘을 공유하고자 합니다. 한국어로는 200-250어, 영어는 400어 정도로 감사나 축하말씀, 또 어떤 이유나 계기로 국제재단과 인연을 맺게 되셨는지 참으로 듣고 싶습니다. 사진을 올리셔도 되고 유튜브로 비디오를 사용하여도 됩니다.

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New Fund Established: Song-Mee Maietta Yoon-Smith Scholarship

Foundation board member Dr. Soon-Young  Yoon and her husband Mr. Richard Smith established a new scholarship fund, with a gift of $100,000 on September 1, 2020, in honor of their daughter’s hopes and dreams for her generation. This temporarily restricted fund is to support the education of deserving disadvantaged students regardless their nationality. The annual scholarship distributions would amount to $10,000 or 10 percent of the fund (with its accrued value from investment). They have been generous donors for the school projects and the Foundation’s administration. Dr. Yoon is not an Ewha graduate, but her teaching experience at Ewha University made her contribute to make Ewha a strong educational force for the future. Dr. Yoon and Mr. Smith are Helen Kim Heritage Society members who included Ewha Foundation in their will, allocating a percentage of their charitable giving for the University. With the gift for this scholarship fund, they also joined the Helen Kim Leadership Society, who gave more than $100,000 to the Foundation.

New Fund Established: SHL International Scholarship

On February 10, 2020, an anonymous donor established her second scholarship fund with the initial gift of $50,000. The purpose of this permanently restricted fund is for the international students who need financial aid to study in Ewha campus. Her first scholarship fund with the principal of $300,000 has helped many students regardless their major.  In addition to it, she established this second scholarship fund, when she heard that not only the students from the developing countries but also the third or fourth generation of Korean-Japanese seek the financial help to study in Ewha.  After reaching its goal amount of $200,000, the income of this fund will be used for scholarships. She said, “I don’t need any jewelry or luxury bags. I hope students in need can study without worrying about tuition fees.”

New Fund Established: N. Texas Alumnae Scholarship

On November 25, 2019, the Alumnae Association of North Texas established a scholarship fund with the initial gift of $2,000. From this permanently restricted fund, after reaching its goal amount $20,000, the income will be used for Ewha Students in need. The North Texas alumnae planned to reach the goal amount within this year, hosting the annual meeting of the United Alumnae Chapters of North America and the International Foundation for Ewha W. University this fall. Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19, they turned it into the virtual meeting, but they try their best to reach the goal as soon as possible.  They said, “We would like to give a chance to any student who likes to challenge to continue education.”

Ewha International Alumnae Endowment, 1 Million Goal Reached

In May 2012, the Ewha International Alumnae Endowment remained at $250,000.  Then, the fundraising drive with a goal of $1,000,000 had started with the focus set on alumnae participation.  The goal would be reached if each alumna living in North America donated $100 per year for 5 years.  In September 2018, after 6 years of fundraising, the goal amount had been reached.  For this the International Foundation is deeply thankful to all those that participated.  Especially to the donor that took part in matching dollar for dollar up to $50,000 for two years straight, as well the donor who followed the matching gift by donating $50,000.  We want to thank all those who participated by responding to the two matching gift donors.  The International Foundation will now be able to support various projects at Ewha University through the investment income from the $1,000,000 raised.  The united effort from all alumnae in North America will be used well throughout their alma mater. All future donations received will be added on to the fund in order to increase the investment income used to support the University.

지난 2012년 5월, 당시 $250,000 에 머물렀던 이화해외동창기금(Ewha International Alumnae Dnowment) 의 목표액을  1백만불로 새로 설정하고 동창중심으로 모금운동이 시작되었습니다. 미주지역에 거주하는  1명의 동창이  1년에  $100 씩  5년을 하면 된다는 것이었습니다. 드디어 6년만인  2018년 9월, 기금은 그목표액인 백만불에 이르게 되었습니다. 이에 국제재단은 크고 작은액수로 모금에 참여하신 모든 분들께 깊이 감사를 드립니다. 특히 $1 to $1  matching gift 5만불을 2년연속해주신기부자님, 또다른5만불로matching gift 대열에 합류해주신 기부자님, 이 두 분의matching 약속에 호응해주신 수많은기부자님들께 감사드립니다. 이제 국제재단은 이 백만불로부터 나오는 투자수익으로 매년 이화대학의 다양한프로젝트를 도울 것입니다. 미주지역 동창분들의 십시일반 도움이 모교 곳곳에서 소중히 쓰일것입니다.  앞으로 이 기금을 위해 주시는 모든 기부금은 원금에 더해져 더많은 수익금으로 이화대학에 쓰일 것입니다.