Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship
Vivian Kim, a Johns Hopkins University senior from San Antonio, Texas, has been selected as one of the 43 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholars this year.
Foundation scholars, who must have ties to Virginia, Maryland or the District of Columbia, receive up to $50,000 per year to complete their graduate or professional degrees as part of the Foundation's Graduate Scholarship Program. Kim received her bachelor's degree in political science on Thursday, May 22, and plans to attend law school next year. She is one of three Johns Hopkins University students chosen for the award.
"I've always wanted to go into law because of my international background," said Kim, 21. "But my ultimate goal is to help with the reunification process between North Korea and South Korea."
Kim plans to be an international trade lawyer to represent the United States in Korea and to work for reunification. She sees trade relations as an important way to pave a smooth transition and foster communications.
Born in Los Angeles, Calif., Kim and her parents moved to Korea when she was 13. She then traveled and attended international schools to be exposed to different people. In college, Kim worked for the Lehman Brothers in Seoul, where she wrote a report on the future market possibilities of North Korea and the economic ramifications of reunification.
"I have always been an active member of my community and environment," Kim said. She was vice president of the Gold Key International Honor Society and created the Hampden Tutorial Project, which fosters relationships between Johns Hopkins students and disadvantaged children. She was also a member of the Korean Students Association and the political science honor society Pi Sigma Alpha. Kim is the daughter of Dean and Catherine Kim and graduated from the Seoul Foreign School in Korea.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation identifies young people nationwide who have shown unique overall excellence, both in academic endeavors and in extracurricular activities. The purpose of the foundation is to reward young men and women for unusual intelligence, application, deportment and character. The second class of recipients reflects a wide diversity of interests, all aiming to be the best in their fields.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation established by its namesake to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential. Cooke was a businessman, sportsman, and philanthropist who owned the Toronto Maple Leaf baseball club, the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, and the Washington Redskins football team. He also owned the Chrysler Building in New York City, newspapers, magazines, radio stations and cable television stations. When Cooke died in 1997, he left most of his fortune to the foundation, which has more than $500 million in assets.
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