Promising Koreans to get British scholarshipsThe Korea-Britain Society, a group that provides scholarships for promising young Koreans, will hold its annual fundraising dinner on Dec. 7 at the Westin Chosun hotel in central Seoul.
The society was established in 1961 to improve relations between the two countries. It raises money at the dinner to provide to scholarships for young Koreans wishing to study at British universities.
“Last year, we raised about 30 million won [$26,281] at the dinner and used it to fund a number of scholarships for Koreans to travel to the U.K. to study,” said Alan Timblick, head of the Seoul Global Center and a member of the society. “We also fund Korean teachers of English to learn their teaching skills in the U.K.”
The society also initiated the Duke of Edinburgh Fellowship Program in Korea in 1999 to mark the Queen’s visit.
The society sponsors a fellowship for Koreans at Cambridge’s Churchill College and also donates to the Chevening Scholarships program, which helps international postgraduate students.
“It’s quite a surprise for me that some of the Koreans who received scholarships from the society became high-profile officials in politics or social areas,” Timblick added.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan, who will review the bilateral relationship between Korea and United Kingdom this year. Other high-ranking officials scheduled to attend include former prime ministers Kang Young-hoon and Han Seung-soo, Grand National Party lawmaker Park Jin, and British Ambassador Martin Uden.
“The first purpose of the society is getting its members together and building relationships with each other,” said Timblick. “Some of the 200 members don’t have a chance to meet each other; it’s a kind of reunion.”
In order to continue to provide deserving Korean citizens with financial aid, the society welcomes nonmembers to the dinner.
By Kim Hee-jin [firstname.lastname@example.org]