In 2020 and 2021, I experienced my lowest of lows due to the raging COVID pandemic as well as my mother’s diagnosis of and journey through late-stage ovarian cancer. In these years, I truly felt that my life had been turned upside down and that my pillars of family, purpose, and identity had begun to crumble. I questioned my calling to the profession of dentistry. COVID and familial health crises had been clouding my original desire to be a servant of God’s Kingdom and for His People. But God has always been faithful to me and opened doors. How selfish and unfaithful would it be for me to walk away from the doors I had so desperately prayed for to be opened? I am grateful to say that my mother is healthy and well as she continues her fight against cancer and that I, myself, have found joy amidst the rigors of school. I plan to pursue further education in Orthodontics with an additional specialization in craniofacial deformities as I derive meaning from instilling confidence and wisdom in a younger patient population. Thank you again to the staff, donors, and supporters of the Zion Mountain Foundation for your investment in me and fellow scholarship recipients. I’m wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. God bless!
Alex Cho , 2022 Scholarship Awardee
Alex Cho
From a young age, I knew I wanted to explore the world. My childhood as a daughter of missionaries spent moving around Asia and the U.S. helped shape my curiosity for the great wonders around the world. My faith and the experiences I carry with me from my childhood throughout college have been invaluable in shaping my global perspective and firm belief that in an increasingly connected world, each community and country has so much to learn from and to share with each other. I am currently pursuing my Master of Public Health at the University of Southern California and am in the process of applying to medical school. My heart races in excitement at the endless possibilities of where this road will take me–leading efforts to improve hygiene and sanitation systems in rural villages, tracing the next epidemic, or serving as a first responder to natural disasters and war crises. Through public health and medicine, I desire to use my experiences and skillset to share Christ's love with communities around the world. To all who support ZMF, thank you for your generosity and desire to support students through their education. Blessings to you all!
Abigail Kim , 2021 Scholarship Awardee
Abigail Kim
I am incredibly grateful that Zion Mountain Foundation (ZMF) has awarded me a scholarship for the 3rd consecutive year. With the financial aid and scholarships provided by generous foundations such as ZMF, I am able to pursue my dream of working in the medical field. It is a tremendous honor and privilege to not only have the financial support of ZMF but also be a part of this God-honoring foundation. As a pre-med student at the University of Southern California, I had the wonderful opportunity of shadowing Dr. Ahn this past summer, and seeing the impact that he has had in saving patient’s lives as a Cardiologist. Going forwards, I cannot wait to participate in medical missions to underserved areas such as China, Cambodia, and Haiti with physicians, the ZMF staff and other health professionals. I also hope to develop relationships with other young Christian leaders through ZMF to raise leaders and develop a love for medical missions to bring glory to God. Thank you Zion Mountain Foundation for investing in the raising of young Christian leaders.
Power Lee , 2020 Scholarship Awardee
Power Lee