The Dragon Kim Fellowship program will award community service grants to support motivated students that want to create and run 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, student teams of up to 3 people will apply for the Dragon Kim Fellowship, describing their proposed projects. Applications are due January 13, 2019.  Our Fellowship Committee will read applications and announce finalists, who will then be interviewed, to choose our final Dragon Fellows.  This year, the Foundation will sponsor up to 20 Fellowship Projects!


Once chosen, these Dragon Fellows will participate in two weekends of leadership and business training. They will be paired with mentors that have experience in their project area, who will meet with them throughout the spring to help plan their service project. In the summer, each team will launch and run their projects, supported by a grant of up to $5000.

“The Dragon Kim Foundation provided me with the resources and guidance to dream big.  It was truly inspiring to be immersed in a community of high school students all seeking to use their talents and passions to make a change in their communities.”

-Claire Josey, Woodbridge High School

“Participation in a competitive community service project – like the projects supported by the Dragon Kim Foundation – is a great experience that just may help with the college admissions process.”

– Patty Le-Narula, Co-Chair of Harvard Alumni Interviewing for South Orange County

The top projects will compete in the Dragon Challenge for a chance for additional funds to keep their good work going throughout the year!

Example of Projects:

``Open Sesame: Coding for Kids``: Katherine and Milan developed and ran ongoing skills clinics to teach children at homeless and domestic violence shelters how to code.

``Saving Seniors Stories``: Claire and Toby interviewed seniors citizens and created mini-documentaries to preserve their life stories for friends and families

``Cookie Lab``: Lisa and Varsha ran week-long summer camps at three OC-area transitional housing facilities to encourage creativity and curiosity through science and the culinary arts

``Water Polo for All``: Thomas, Mason, and Scott, water polo teammates, coordinated free swim lessons to underprivileged children to keep them water safe, and then ran a water polo clinic to expose the children to this sport

Timeline for 2019 Fellowship Program

Applications Available

Applications Due

Notify Finalists

Finalists Interviews

Notify Winners

Leadership Session 1

Leadership Session 2

Leadership Session 3

Launch Project


The Dragon Challenge


Jan. 13, 2019

Jan. 27

Feb. 9-10 and Feb. 16-17

Feb. 25

March 23-24, 2019

Apr. 27-28, 2019

Jun. 9

Summer 2019

Sep. 14

Sep. 28

  • FALL

    Apply For Fellowship


    Fellows Are Chosen


    Leadership Training & Paired With Mentor


    Launch Project


  • Ensure Eligibility

  • Complete the Application

  • Provide Letter 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 California resident

not related to anyone serving on The Dragon Kim Fellowship committee

Selection Criteria:





Community involvement

Academic record

The application period for 2019 Fellowships is now closed.
Please check back in October for 2020 applications!