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Kyuhoon Kim

Class of: 2018
Hometown: Seoul, Korea
School: School of Engineering
Major(s): Computer Science; Economics

Kyuhoon spent his first and second years at Vanderbilt working on community issues, poverty alleviation, and cultural engagement. His service during the first year included organizing volunteering sessions at Nashville Chinese School, advocating for North Korean human rights, and volunteering at the homeless shelter Room in the Inn.

As a sophomore, Kyuhoon continued his work in the area he was passionate about - adding a computer literacy class to his Room in the Inn commitment, working on a refugee family's resettlement in Nashville through Project: Bridges, and teaching basic coding skills to local middle school students.

In the summer of 2016, Kyuhoon conducted a microfinance project in China, sponsored through the Ingram Summer Project program. He assembled and reorganized the microcredit company's financial literacy curriculum and helped deploy an incentivizing scheme for using digital mediums to repay the loans. The work helped the company at operational financial levels.

Between his first and second years at Vanderbilt, Kyuhoon took two years off serving in the South Korean military. During his service, Kyuhoon organized weekly sessions to foster conversations on the global market and taught English to aspiring peer soldiers. Upon retirement as a Sergeant, Kyuhoon was mentioned by the Company Commander of the barracks and awarded an excellent service medal by his Commanding General at the Army HQs.

As in his previous years, Kyuhoon wishes to continue to incorporate into his volunteerism the economic and financial realities while leveraging the power of modern computing, which he believes are integral to solving complex social problems.

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Key Dates

  • December 1, 2017
  • Ingram Scholarship Program (High School Seniors) applications and letters of recommendation due.

  • TBD 2018
  • Ingram Scholarship Program (Current Vanderbilt First-Year & Sophomore Students) applications and letters of recommendation due.