The Jane Wha-Young Kim Foundation was created in 1998 by her husband, Kenneth Tae-Rang Kim, and their children, Yuri Kim and Yeong-Sae Kim, to honor the memory of their beloved wife and mother. Reflecting Jane Kim’s life and work, the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity organization dedicated to expanding educational opportunities and promoting community service on Guam. The Foundation offers scholarships at the high school and university level, as well as a teaching award.

Jane Wha-Young Kim and her family immigrated from Korea to Guam in 1974. A true believer in the transformative power of education, Jane Kim dedicated her life to expanding educational opportunities and encouraging community service, including by supporting scholarships on Guam and in Korea. As president of the Korean Women’s Association (1995-1997), she was instrumental in funding a new computer center at the University of Guam’s Robert F. Kennedy Library; UOG renamed the computer center in her honor following her death in 1997.

It is the hope of the Kim Family that the Jane Kim Scholarships will inspire and enable the youth of Guam to seek knowledge, fulfill their potential, and make the world a better place.

About our logo
An avid student of Korean calligraphy, Jane Kim's pen name was " 한솔 " (Hansol), meaning "Great Pine." Thus, the logo of the Jane Wha-Young Kim Foundation features a large pine cone joined by two smaller cones, representing Jane Kim and her two children, Yuri and Yeong-Sae.  Beside the cones is Jane Kim's Korean name " 화영 " (Wha-Young) written in her hand.  The family chose spring green because it is the color of life and learning; it also happens to be Kenneth T.R. Kim's favorite color. 

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Jane Wha-Young Kim in 1996

Jane Wha-Young Kim in 1996

Jane Wha-Young Kim was a leader of the Korean community on Guam. She was active in the Korean Women's Association, helping to build bridges between the country she was born in and the island she made her home. She is pictured here with her husband, Kenneth T.R. Kim, who was president of the Korean Association of Guam 1984-85, at the 1992 Korean Women's Association Christmas Charity Gala.

Jane Wha-Young Kim was a leader of the Korean community on Guam. She was active in the Korean Women's Association, helping to build bridges between the country she was born in and the island she made her home. She is pictured here with her husband, Kenneth T.R. Kim, who was president of the Korean Association of Guam 1984-85, at the 1992 Korean Women's Association Christmas Charity Gala.

Jane Wha-Young Kim loved volunteering at the Guam Memorial Hospital. She particularly cherished holding newborns in the neonatal ward. Here she is manning the cash register at the hospital gift shop, in 1991.

Jane Wha-Young Kim loved volunteering at the Guam Memorial Hospital. She particularly cherished holding newborns in the neonatal ward. Here she is manning the cash register at the hospital gift shop, in 1991.