David Tae Yong Cho Memorial Scholarship

KACA is grateful for the creation of the David Tae Yong Cho Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is made up of funds from friends and colleagues in honor of the Rev. David Tae Yong Cho, who was a committed journalist and a passionate defender of press freedom in South Korea and the U.S.

The David Tae Yong Cho Memorial Scholarship is designed for students in journalism, press freedom, and/or Korean news media studies. Up to two scholarship recipients will be selected, and each will be awarded $500. 


To be eligible for the scholarship application, you must be an undergraduate or graduate student who is currently enrolled at a university as of spring 2022 and must hold an active KACA membership in 2022. 


·         Your application packet must include (1) a cover letter (2) a CV or resume, and (3) a personal statement that explains the focus of your study or research and its relevance to the scholarship (minimum of 500 words and maximum of 750 words). Please send your application files as a single document in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

·         You are invited to submit a recommendation letter from your faculty advisor or one of your professors who can vouch for your qualifications. The letter of support should be directly sent by the faculty to the scholarship committee.

·         All the application materials should be in English and submitted via email to kacascholarship@gmail.com.

·         Once your application is submitted, you will receive an email confirming that the scholarship committee has received it.

·         All submissions will be reviewed by the scholarship committee.

·         For more information or questions, email sooyoungbae@umass.edu.


  • Application deadline: April 25, 2022
  • Scholarship recipient announcement: May 16, 2022
  • The recipient(s) will be recognized at the KACA-ICA business meeting in May.

Scholarship Committee

Dr. Soo Young Bae (chair), University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Dr. David Jeong, Santa Clara University

Dr. Kyu Ho Youm, University of Oregon

About the Rev. David Tae Yong Cho*

The Rev. David Tae Yong Cho, age 90, passed away on Jan. 13, 2022, in Los Angeles, surrounded by his loving wife, Elizabeth, children, and grandchildren. He was born on Dec. 24, 1931, in Ichon in present-day North Korea.

The Rev. Cho was a graduate of Yonsei University (Political Science, B.A.) and Korea University (Business, M.B.A.). As a high school student, he enlisted in the South Korean Army as a student volunteer during the Korean War in 1950-1953. It was during the Korean War that the 38th parallel was drawn between North and South Korea, forever separating him from his parents and siblings in the North. He received a Korean equivalent of a Purple Heart and a Medal of Freedom for his bravery and personal injuries incurred in the Korea War. His war experiences propelled him into a life of politics, journalism, and press freedom [in Korea?]

The Rev. Cho married his college sweetheart, Elizabeth, in Seoul on Dec. 5, 1959. In Korea, he served as editor-in-chief of several newspapers and publications, including the Dokseo PressSamsung Press, and Kookmin Ilbo. He emigrated to the United States in 1975 and started a new life in Oahu, Hawaii. In Hawaii, he led countless non-profit efforts and service initiatives, such as for the unification of North and South Korea, the advocacy of Korean-American rights and issues, as well as the Olympic Planning Committee for the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

In the early ’90s, the Rev. Cho began a rigorous series of coursework that culminated in his ordainment as a pastor and conferral of a doctoral degree in theology. His educational background included: Faith Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Master of Divinity (‘92); Evangelical Presbyterian Churches in the US, Certificate of Ordination (‘93); Faith Theological Seminary in California, Master of Theology (‘95); and American Theological Seminary, Lit.D (‘00). He combined his passion for the press/media and his Christian faith by founding and directing the Korean Christian Broadcasting Network in Hawaii and serving in leadership positions in the Korean Christian Broadcasting Association. The Rev. Cho was fiercely proud of his service in the Korean Army and served as director of the Korean War Veterans Association.

The Rev. Cho loved Christmas (his birthday was Christmas Eve), eating cold noodles (naengmyun), and going to the beach.

The Rev. Cho is survived by his wife (Elizabeth), daughter (Mary), sons (John and Paul), son-in-law (Sam), daughter-in-law (Romy and Josephine), and grandchildren (David, Esther, Jayden).

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