The Dragon Kim Fellowship program will award community service grants to support motivated students that want to create and manage a program next summer that will make an impact in the community. This fellowship is in honor of Dragon Kim, a talented musician, athlete, and scholar who wanted to help others.


In the fall of 2016, individual students will apply for the 2017 Dragon Kim Fellowship, describing their proposed projects. Applications are due December 15, 2016.  The Foundation will choose up to 5 students/projects, and announce winners in January 2017.  Once chosen, these Dragon Fellows will go through two weekends of leadership training. They will also be paired with mentors that have experience in their project area. In the summer, each Dragon Fellow will launch and pursue his/her project, supported by a grant of up to $5000.


This seed money will serve to cover expenses for the project and also provide each Dragon Fellow with a small stipend for the summer. At the end of the project, each Dragon Fellow will share what they’ve accomplished and learned.

Example of Projects:

A free music instruction project in Santa Ana to teach 4th-6th graders how to play brass musical instruments (trumpets and trombones). This was Dragon's original project that inspired this Fellowship program

Using your photography skills to provide free portraits for children that have never had a printed photo of themselves before

A film camp presented through the county library system to teach the basics of film writing and editing

A free summer volleyball clinic program to provide inspiration and instruction to junior high and high school girls

A programming class to teach JAVA to junior high school students

Need inspiration to create an idea?  Here are Three Questions designed to get you thinking!

Timeline for 2017 Fellowship Program

Applications Available

Applications Due

Notify Semi-Finalists

Semi-Finalists Interviews

Notify Winners

Leadership Session 1

Leadership Session 2

Launch Project


Dec. 15, 2016

Jan. 4, 2017

Jan. 7, 2017

Jan. 15, 2017

Feb. 18-19, 2017

Apr. 22, 2017

Jun. 2017

  • FALL

    Apply For Fellowship


    Fellows Are Chosen


    Leadership Training & Paired With Mentor


    Launch Project


  • Ensure Eligibility

  • Complete the Application

  • Provide 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • Provide High School Transcript

  • Finalists Interview

You are eligible to apply for the Dragon Kim Fellowship if you are:

a current high school student

age 13 and above

a U.S. citizen or legal resident

a resident of one of these eligible counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego

not related to anyone serving on The Dragon Kim Fellowship committee

Selection Criteria:





Community involvement

Academic record

We are now accepting applications.  What are you waiting for?  Apply now!

To download a document with application questions and requirements, click here.


To get involved as a mentor, email us at fellowship@dragonkimfoundation.org