The CJ Scholarship supports Korean students with outstanding merit, strong academic performance, and significant financial need. Berklee awards this scholarship to qualified candidates from Korea that, without any doubt, could not have completed their studies without this support. The scholarship is made possible thanks to a generous gift from the CJ Culture Foundation in Seoul, South Korea.
The foundation was established in 2006 and its tagline, “Enjoy your life with arts,” speaks for itself. The purpose of the foundation is to promote cultural creativity and diversification with a focus on cultural growth and sharing. The foundation has continually supported the discovery of creative artists. In addition to the scholarship at Berklee, the foundation supports young creative artists through several programs such as Tune Up, Creative Minds, Project S, and CJ Azit, which offers a creative space and programing for young artists in Korea.
The foundation’s support and the inception of this award is deeply rooted in the noteworthy recognition of the Berklee brand in Korea, which includes a long-lasting partnership with Seoul Jazz Academy (SJA). A long-lasting relationship between two Berklee alumni—Jung Bae Kim and Mirek Vana—paved the way for this scholarship and for Berklee’s development work around the globe. These alumni met at Berklee during the late 1990s and have since stayed in touch. Their passion and dedication to the needs of Berklee students fueled their dialogue over the years, and this scholarship illustrates the power of relationships and the benefits of strong alumni ties with the college.