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Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee and Sun C. Lee


1992 H.U. Lee Foundation was founded in honor of Eternal Grand Master Haeng Ung Lee
1996 First scholarships awarded to 10 high school senior Taekwondo students
2000 Passing of Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee; Becomes a 501©3 non-profit organization
2001 Lucas Taekwon Lee appointed National Director
2002 Regional Scholarship program formed
2004 ATA began paying all administrative costs, including salaries, for the H.U. Lee Memorial Foundation
Present Almost 100 scholarships have been awarded totaling over $80,000
"Today Not Possible, Tomorrow Possible"

H.U. Lee Foundation

In 1992 under the direction of Tim O'Brien, the American Taekwondo Association established the H. U. Lee Scholarship Foundation to honor its founder, Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee. He was an extraordinary man and visionary who committed his entire life to making the world a better place through education, respect, and philanthropy. He had a love for people, especially children, and through his international martial arts organization, he helped make their dreams a reality.

The H.U. Lee Scholarship Foundation is a private, 501 © 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of respect, discipline, and courtesy through the martial art of Taekwondo. For over 10 years, the Foundation has helped more than 50 young adults across the United States continue their education.

Eligibility Requirements for the National Scholarship

Applicants will be considered if they are current high school seniors who:

  • Will graduate from an accredited high school with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Have received a letter of acceptance form to an accredited U.S. college to pursue full time study beginning no later than September 30th;
  • Have taken the SAT and/or ACT educational tests and received a minimum combined score of 1100 and/or 27, respectively;
  • Exemplify the skills obtained through the American Taekwondo Association such as discipline and perseverance;
  • Have registered with the Selective Services, if required;
  • Have never been convicted of drug possession or distribution;
  • Submit a complete application, along with a sealed copy of their high school transcripts, including the signature of their school's director of admissions across the envelope;
  • Submit two (no more than two) letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to their character;
  • Submit an essay (up to 500 words)
H. U. Lee Family"For years and years, my father gave selflessly to those in need across the world. Now, it is our turn to give back in the name of our Eternal Grand Master, the late Haeng Ung Lee. Through his motto, 'Today Not Possible, Tomorrow Possible' he taught us to embrace and seize the future with faith, hope, and tenacity to see our dreams come to fruition."
- L. Taekwon Lee.

2005 H.U. Lee Memorial Foundation Scholarship Applications will be available April 2005 and can be obtained through your instructor.

For more information on the H.U. Lee Foundation and how you can help, please contact Julie Hopkins at 501-568-2821 x2298 or e-mail at Thank you! 

2005 National Scholarship Winners:
$3,000 Grand Master H.U. Lee Scholarship - Amy Tuyet Bui
$3,000 Grand Master H.U. Lee Scholarship - James P. Hemphill
$3,000 Grand Master H.U. Lee Scholarship - Nicole Lynn Pepperl

$1,500 Grand Master Soon Ho Lee Scholarship - Robert Anderlik
$1,500 Grand Master Soon Ho Lee Scholarship - Jacob P. Adams
$1,500 Grand Master Soon Ho Lee Scholarship - Sarah Wynn

$1,000 Chief Master Allemier Scholarship - Lindsy Mann
$1,000 Chief Master Clark Scholarship - David Geisinger
$1,000 Chief Master In Ho Lee Scholarship - Jennifer Von der Heiden
$1,000 Senior Master G.K. Lee Scholarship - Melissa Chrysty
$1,000 Senior Master M.K. Lee Scholarship - Max Merfeld
$1,000 Senior Master Ceasar Ozuna Scholarship - Timothy Alan Norton

2005 Regional Scholarship Winners:
101 Madalyn Nicole Boroughs Camden, AR
102 Eric Robert Schroeder Tecumseh, MI
102 Matthew R. Jackson Valparaiso, IN
102E Maegan E. Callanan Okemos, MI
102W Nikol Bakka Darien, IL
102W Daanyel A. George Waukegan, IL
103B Donnie Johnson Henderson, NV
103B Anthony Pyne Henderson, NV
104 Jaclyn Kikumi Yamada Merritt Island, FL
104 Amanda Wilson Bradenton, FL
104 Luis A. Carranza Dunedin, FL
106 Robert Raymond Moreland Evansville, IN
108 Caison J. Morgan Savannah, GA
109 Kenneth Overby Fort Collins, CO
109 Cory Whitton Franktown, CO
109 Arlet Schmidt Lakewood, CO
110 Emily R. Martin Poughkeepski, NY
110 Clayton Huynh Wilmington, MA
110A Michelle Zimmerman Skillman, NJ
110A Daniel Molinaro Nesconset, NY
110B Alison Ann Quick Harwich, MA
111 Austin Tortorici Cary, NC
111 Bryce Joseph Ferrara Williamsburg, VA
112 Michael Simon College Station, TX
112 Julie Klippel College Station, TX
112 Taryn Paige Nida Fulshar, TX
112 Andrew Sean Murphy Odessa, TX
114 Alissa Dahl Grand Forks, ND
114 Jo Ann Carlson Council Bluffs, IA
114 Jill Fisher Minnetonka, MN
114 Eric Matthew Gudz Mendota Heights, MN
115 Megynn Blanchard Lawrence, KS
115 Abbey Elizabeth Smith Kennett, MO
115 Melissa A. Geer Granite City, IL
115 Michael W. Carpenter Broken Arrow, OK
117 Grace Hannah Murphy Boadman, OH
118 Abbigayle Bostock-Overton Oro valley, AZ
119 Matthew Jerome Wright Salt Lake City, UT
& More

Mrs. Sun C. LeeSun C. Lee
First Lady of Taekwondo

Sun Cha Lee has been the First Lady of Songahm Taekwondo for over 26 years. She stood by her late husband's side from the beginnings of the ATA and has preserved and carried on his efforts ever since. Mrs. Lee's life story is a true success. Ironically after years of support to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, she herself was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999. In 2000, once again, she was faced with cancer, but this time it threatened her beloved husband. Grand Master H. U. Lee passed away in October, 2000 after a valiant battle against it supported by his family. Mrs. Lee has set out to make a difference for the children of our world as an ambassador of Songahm. She is currently the Chairman of the Board of the H. U. Lee Memorial Foundation and strives to provide a better education through scholarships to students who have persevered through challenges. As a wonderful example of courage, Sun Lee's perseverance has been an inspiration to us all.
Lucas Taekwon LeeLucas Taekwon Lee
National Director, HULF

Lucas Lee was appointed National Director of the H. U. Lee Memorial Foundation in 2001. Since his birth, Songahm Taekwondo has been an integral element and foundation for his life. Named after the martial art, Taekwon Lee has served under his father, Grand Master Lee in many capacities. He began working part-time at ATA Headquarters at the age of 14 changing light bulbs and typing up rank certificates. Soon he earned his instructor title and began teaching Taekwondo classes. Years later, he worked as an Executive Administrator for his father, even succeeding to become an intern at the White House under the administration of Grand Master Lee's student, President Bill Clinton. Currently, Mr. Lee is a 4th Degree Black Belt and former World Champion. He has spanned the globe along side his father to spread the spirit of Songahm and continues to do so.