John P. Daly Summer Scholarships

John P. Daly Summer Scholarships for Cultural Immersion Study in Korea

The Center for Asian Business is pleased to offer multiple summer scholarships to visit the amazing Asian country of South Korea. All LMU second and third year students who have not previously visited Korea should consider this opportunity to learn about an ancient Asian culture and how it has become the United States' 7th largest trading partner. Recipients will be living with host families and visiting important cultural sites as well as meeting Korean students, professors and business leaders. Sogang University, LMU's sister Jesuit university in Seoul, will coordinate the activities of our scholarship students.

For additional information, contact the Center for Asian Business at (310) 338-7594 or  

Cultural Immersion in South Korea

The scholarships, which began in 2006, have helped send 33 students to Korea to date.

  • Application Process

    All full-time LMU second and third year undergraduate students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above and have not previously visited Korea are eligible to apply for the scholarships. Applicants will be required to demonstrate these qualifications and submit a qualifying essay.

    Successful applicants will receive partial roundtrip airfare. Accommodations, some meals and travel arrangements in-country will be paid. Students will need health insurance and money for some meals. A coordinator from Sogang University will supervise the program in Korea.

    In their applications, students will write an essay (500 words) explaining their reasons why they wish to participate in the program and what they will be looking for. Students should submit their essay, resume and unofficial transcripts to the Center for Asian Business. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the student’s qualifying application, including the essay, GPA and interview by the Selection Committee.

    Scholarship winners will be expected to spend two weeks in Korea, and on return will prepare a report on their findings of cultural differences they have experienced. Specific details about these reports will be given to the scholarship students. Recipients will also be asked to help promote the scholarship program the following year. 

  • About the Scholarships

    The scholarships are named in honor of the late Fr. John P. Daly, S. J., former Director of the Center for Asian Business at LMU. He worked in Korea as a young Jesuit from 1961-1981 to help develop Sogang University in Seoul, Korea where he served as president for 12 years.

    Fr. Daly’s lifelong goal has always been to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of culture and history between Asians and Americans. Korea, especially, is still largely unknown by Americans. These scholarships will provide an opportunity for students to learn Korean history and to experience the culture and respond positively with respect and sincerity. In this age of globalization, the need for such understanding of history and culture and of the effects of cultural differences on our daily lives has never been greater. It is hoped that these scholarships will help to develop leaders, perhaps in the academic world or in the fields of politics, business and economics.

    The scholarships were established by Theresa Y. Shim, former associate director of the Center for Asian Business at LMU, and supported by Dr. Sookwon Shin, former faculty member of the English Department at Sogang University, and Mr. Jae Koo Oh, president of the Sogang English Department alumni. Sogang faculty, alumni and other friends have contributed to the endowment as a way to foster the study of Korean culture and history to promote understanding by mainstream Americans.

  • About Korea

    Korea is a country strongly influenced by Confucianism with a philosophy of harmony and right conduct based on relationships that create a “vertical” society. Like other Asian countries, Korea is a collectivist society, a “we” society, which is very different from America, where individualism prevails. By traveling to Korea you will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the people of Asia and their culture.

    Korea is less than half the size of California, but has a population of 48 million. You will be amazed at the capital, Seoul, founded in 1392, which still has several of its ancient gates and sections of the city walls. With a population of 12 million, it is the world’s second largest metropolitan city. It is also one of the world’s most densely populated cities surpassed only by Mexico City and Sao Paulo. It is a modern city, rebuilt from the devastation of the Korean War sixty years ago. Wide avenues and skyscrapers abound, and there is a superb subway system. Since it is a city that never sleeps, you will not run out of places to go. The new TGV high-speed train connects the capital with Korea's second largest city, Pusan, with four million people, in less than 2 hours.

    Korea is the only divided country in the world. South Korea may be the most democratic of Asian countries, while North Korea is a completely isolated communist state. Since the Korean War ended in 1953, the world’s third and fifth largest armies have faced each other across the border, the Demilitarized Zone (the DMZ), North Korea with 1,000,000 regulars and 5,000,000 reserves, the South with 500,000 regulars and 3,000,000 reserves. Currently there are 35,000 U.S. forces serving in Korea. You will visit Panmunjom, the Truce Village in the DMZ.

    The Korean language belongs to the Ural-Altaic language group that includes Japanese, Turkish, Hungarian, Finnish, Mongolian and Tibetan. Korean bears considerable resemblance to Japanese in grammatical structure and both languages have many Chinese leased words. The Korean alphabet, which is considered one of the most scientific writing systems in use in the world, was invented in 1446 by a group of scholars under King Sejong. Korea is a word leader on broadband Internet speeds. In fact, the U.S. is only about one fourth as fast. Its leading exports are semiconductors, wireless telecommunications equipment, motor vehicles, computers, steel ships and petrochemicals. It is one of the world’s leading Internet games and mobile entertainment developers. Entertainment is very important with Korean soap operas sweeping Asia and a high quality movie industry.


"The John P. Daly, SJ Scholarship gave me a great look into major Korean companies, and the factors that contribute to their success. I learned about the difference between Korean and American business practices, and about how interconnected the economy and global trade really is." - Luke Vetter

"My trip to Korea was a life-changing opportunity that I will always cherish. Being exposed to different customs and values confirmed my strong belief that I can learn a great deal from those who are very different from me." - Patrick Sampson

"Whether personal relationships like my Korean host family or casual day-to-day encounters with Korean shoppers, vendors, workers and commuters, the Korean people were very friendly and welcoming. They were glad to accompany me to dinner to chat or exchange ideas and experiences and patient enough to help me find my way on the metro." - Deborah Southern

"I signed up for the trip to Korea not knowing exactly what it would entail. This trip changed my life for the better - ask anyone who went, we all enjoyed it so much. None of us wanted to leave! 100% amazing. No words can describe it." - David Johnstone

"I had an amazing time in Korea and learned a great deal. I am so glad I was given the opportunity to attend this trip and will definitely recommend this scholarship to all the students back at LMU." - Audrey Lo

“The John P. Daly, S.J. Summer Scholarship was an amazing immersion experience. I was able to gain an understanding and appreciation for Korean culture. I observed a culture with a high regard for respect and personal duty. It was enlightening to experience a culture so different from my own. In the future I know this cultural understanding will improve any business interactions I have with Koreans.“ - Ashley Hudson

"The Daly Scholarship's arrangement to provide us with Sogang University student-guides made the trip so rewarding for me. Being able to see the country through the eyes of locals instead of more superficial tourism gave me such incredible insight into the culture, customs and world outlook that South Koreans possess. I had so much fun with our guides, and as a result of this program, I know I will always have two great Korean friends! I recommend it to any LMU student looking to broaden their horizons as it has made me much more aware of both Korea and the Asian continent's place on the global landscape." - Kyle Peerless

"I am very grateful for the opportunity to experience Korea firsthand, thanks to the John Daly Scholarship. I have long had an interest in the country, its amazing culture, and success, and I am so glad I was able to experience it for myself. Over the two weeks we saw much of the incredible city of Seoul, as well as Busan and Jeonju. Our guides helped us become more familiar with Korea, its history and the lives of its people. The experience definitely opened my mind to an area of the world I had never before visited and I am sure that it will greatly affect my future and international ambitions." - Caleb Nyberg