The Philippine Expeditionary Force in Korea (PEFTOK) Veterans Association Inc. offered the descendants of Filipino soldiers who fought during the Korean War in the 1950s to avail a scholarship program for high school and college. The group said in a Facebook post on Wednesday that the scholarship is for both high school and college students and application is until July 15.
The post by the association noted that only one (1) scholar per veteran will be allowed. In addition to that, the descendants of these veterans are encouraged to apply for this specific scholarship.
Only one scholar is allowed per veteran in (Academic Year) 2020-2021. Descendants are encouraged to apply even if their veterans have had two previous scholars.”
All aspiring scholars may register and apply through the link here. You can have all the information and the guidance you need in applying for the scholarship for high school and college students given to Korean War Veteran descendants.
Guidelines for Aspiring Scholars
The association, likewise, reminded those planning to apply for a scholarship for high school and college to prepare a working email or Facebook Messenger profile, academic information, and veteran’s information, among others, for the application.
The first (1st) priority will also be given to veterans who never had a descendant who availed of the scholarship. Applicants who have availed the scholarship for 3 or more years in the past will be disqualified from the grant for the incoming school year.
Relationship between PEFTOK and the Philippines
What is PEFTOK in connection to our country? How did the two (2) become closely-related? PEFTOK was the Philippine military’s contingent to the war between North and South Korea that broke out in June 1950. Moreover, the Philippines was the first Asian country to dispatch combat troops to fight alongside South Korean forces for the said war.
A total of 7,420 Filipino soldiers participated in the battle, of whom, over 100 died, more than 300 were wounded, and 16 went missing-in-action.
Woori Financial Group
The Woori Financial Group on June 23 declared that it donated 100 million won ($82,600) in scholarships to the Korea War Memorial Foundation through the “70th Anniversary of the June 25 War Project Promotion Committee” at the headquarters of Woori Financial Group in Jung-gu, Seoul on June 22 as to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the war.
Son Tae-seung, chairman of Woori Financial Group, Kim Eun-ki, co-chairman of the 70th anniversary of the Korean War Project Promotion Committee, and college students who are direct descendants of UN veterans and studying in Korea attended the ceremony.
The scholarship for high school and college students of the Korean War veterans was made as to give back and show appreciation towards U.N. Korean war veterans with educational support for their descendants.
Scholarship distribution would be to 20 college students studying in South Korea and 120 elementary, middle and high school students across the six countries whose ancestors participated in the war.
The chairman said that it is only right for the financial group to show their gratitude towards the veterans.
Woori Financial Group should express its gratitude to the UN veterans for their dedication to the freedom and peace of the strange country, the Republic of Korea, and now repay their gratitude to their descendants.”
Semi-Permanent Residency to Foreign Nationals
Similarly, foreign nationals from different countries that took part in the Korean War will be granted semi-permanent residency by the Justice Ministry on the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.
So, even if you’re not a Filipino, say, you’re a Singaporean Korean war-veteran descendant, you’ll still be be given the grant of a residency by the Justice Ministry.
The 68 recipients of the residence visa are either part of a scholarship program offered towards descendants of Korean War veterans or a South Korean government-invited scholarship program.
The visa will be a type of F-2 visa in which foreign nationals will be allowed to stay for up to five years longer including free employment and academic activities. The nationalities of this year’s beneficiaries include India, the U.S., Turkey, Thailand and Ethiopia among others.
Do you think the offer of scholarship for high school and college students an expression of gratitude for the descendants of Korean War veterans? What do you think of this generosity? Is it too much or just fair? Let us know!
So, if you know someone or if you yourself are a descendant of a veteran, don’t think twice in applying for it. This might just be the scholarship for high school and college that you need or you’ve been looking for.
Source/s: ABS-CBN News