Theo School alumnus Hana Kim organizes scholarship and research aid for a better future.
By Mary Jo Patterson
Hana Kim began thinking about a gift to Drew shortly after returning to South Korea, having earned a PhD in American religion and culture in 2012. “I received a lot of scholarship aid, and felt I had a debt to repay,” says Kim, 40, administrative pastor at Myungsung Church in Seoul, one of the largest Presbyterian churches in the world. Founded in 1980, Myungsung Church has 100,000 members and 100 pastors, including the Rev. Eric Eunsung Park, who earned a PhD from the Theological School in 2011.
Through their church, Hana Kim and his father, Sam Whan Kim, the church’s founder and senior pastor, decided to fund a scholarship and facilitate innovative research that would benefit students and faculty alike. Says Hana Kim, “We want to help out students from developing countries, as well as fund faculty research. It’s a sign of our appreciation to Drew and a sign of mutual partnership in the future.”
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