Our 2020 Dragon Seniors

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! This year, 22 wonderful Dragon Fellows have graduated from high school and are traveling all across the nation to attend college. We can’t wait to see what amazing things you all accomplish.

Daniel Zhu, Carnegie Mellon
Ella Webb, New York University
Hana Stauss, University of Pennsylvania
Shayda Moezzi, MIT
Aidan Lewis, UCLA
Avalon Lafosse, Rhode Island School of Design
Evan Kowal, MIT
Olivia Kim, University of Chicago
Hannah Hong, San Diego State University
Lila Dworsky-Hickey, Lewis & Clark College
Arielle Detmer, Chapman
Arly Adame, Chapman

TH Wei, Columbia
Miya Stauss, Boston University
Kaelyn Park, Cornell
Silvia Miranda, Chapman
Austin Leehealey, UCLA
Joey Laderer, UC Berkeley
Hannah Kim, Harvard
Mason Killion, Princeton
Toby Fan, Biola University
Isabella Dionne, Harvard
Berin Cubukcuoglu, Pratt Institute

Is this your first time hearing about the fellowship?  Our 9-month summer incubator program provides each Dragon Fellowship project with 5 days of leadership training, a business mentor, and $5,000 in funding to execute an initiative to serve their community.  Last summer, we supported 20 fellowship projects in our 2019 cohort, “The Game Changers.” You can learn more about their work below.

Applications for the Fellowship 2020 has officially closed. Please check back on October 1, 2020 to apply for next year’s cohort!

Become a Dragon Fellow Today!


The Dragon Kim Fellowship program awards community service grants to support motivated students that want to create and run a summer project 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 between 1-3 people can apply for the Dragon Kim Fellowship, describing their proposed projects. Applications are due January 12, 2020.  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 three 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 Past Projects:

``A Life in Tapestry: Trudie Strobel``: Maya and Lila curated an art gallery on behalf of tapestry artist and holocaust survivor, Trudie Strobel.

``Youth Outdoor Science Education``: Aidan, Tianhao, and Evan teamed up to develop a 1-week camp to encourage under served children to interact with nature and learn about science.

``Inspire CODE``: Hannah and Shayda led workshops at their local children hospital to teach young patients fun ways to code robots.

``Native Storytelling``: Sisters Isabella and Sophia write, produce, and act in a play as a way to bring awareness to the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women.

View all our projects from last year:

Timeline for 2019-20 Fellowship Program

  • FALL

    Apply For Fellowship


    Fellows Are Chosen


    Leadership Training & Paired With Mentor


    Launch Project

Dates are subject to change

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. 12, 2020

Jan. 24, 2020

Feb. 1-2 and Feb. 15-16, 2020

Feb. 21, 2020

March 28-29, 2020

Apr. 18-19, 2020

Jun. 6, 2020

June-August 2020

Sep. 12

Sep. 26


  • 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

Want to Meet our Dragon Team?

Want to meet us in person?  Have any additional questions?  Come to one of our Inspiration Sessions to get a taste of what it’s like to be a Dragon Fellow.  In this mini-training session, we’ll help unpack the Fellowship Program, and help you develop your project idea.  Participants will get the chance to work in small groups with our Foundation Staff, Interns, and Alumni.  Check out our upcoming sessions; we’d love to see you there!

Ready to Apply?

Applications have closed for the 2020 Fellowship.  Please check back on
October 1st to apply for next year’s cohort.


You can reach us at fellowship@dragonkimfoundation.org.  We’ll get back to you within 3 business days.  Thank you!