A Foundation Day Festivities Event
Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon: The Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation presided over the 2nd Scholarship Certificate Presentation Ceremony and Service Work Award Ceremony.
Mother Presents Wonmo Scholarships February 10, 2014
A Foundation Day Anniversary Festivity Event
Ten billion won in scholarships was presented to 1,455 talented individuals in honor of the future realization of Cheon Il Guk. - The Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation presided over the 2nd Scholarship Certificate Presentation Ceremony and Service Work Award Ceremony.
During her “Founder’s Speech,” Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon said, “Dr. Sun Myung Moon devoted his lifetime to build a global family, and his desire is embodied through the Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation… The Foundation will focus on the role of educating talented youth, as well as contributing to society through businesses… Please become a peace-loving global citizen who inherits Dr. Sun Myung Moon’s will.”
the Foundation’s inauguration ceremony, Dr. Chang Shik Yang,
president of FFWPU Korea, offered an opening prayer, and Dr. Bo Hi
Pak, president of the Korean Cultural Foundation, gave a report on
the Foundation’s proceedings. Mrs. Min Ha Kim, CEO of the Wonmo
Pyeongae and the former president of Joongang University, said
in her welcoming speech, “I will do my best to support the
Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation to raise talented people.” Kim also
said that the Foundation would promote the “Sunhak Peace”
awards, which go to individuals or organizations practicing Rev.
Moon’s vision of peace internationally.
Mr. Su Seong Lee, the former prime minister of Korea, then offered the following remarks: “Congratulations on the inauguration of the Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation, through which Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon inherited Dr. Sun Myung Moon’s vision of educating talented youth to spread peace. I’m certain this Foundation will become a hope in the world.”
As its first project of 2013, the Foundation awarded about four billion won ($3.7 million) worth in scholarships to 745 selected individuals and organizations during its inauguration ceremony
According to Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation’s website, www.wonmo.org, Wonmo means “eternal parent” which refers to God, “the Heavenly Parent.” Pyeongae means “equal love” or “peaceful love.” The Foundation’s logo is composed of a green pigeon and a blue heart above an orange laurel wreath. The website explains that the pigeon symbolizes “peace,” the heart symbolizes “true love,” and together their formation embodies the safe arrival of a peaceful world centered on God’s peaceful love, which is eternal love. The green color symbolizes ideal peace, the blue color symbolizes true love and hopeful vision, and the orange color symbolizes future victory and glory. These colors represent Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation’s bright future towards establishing a peaceful word that transcends religions and races.
The Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation has five main functions. First, it aims to award “scholarships” for Unificationist undergraduate- and high-school students who have exemplary grades, are underprivileged or who have joined outstanding activities in their church. To receive a scholarship, candidates need to attend school in Korea. In the future, the Foundation plans to expand the scholarship eligibility to Korean citizens who plan to attend school abroad. Its second function is to create “Educational Supports.” Wonmo Pyeongae will host an educational program contest for organizations that work in the field of education. The Foundation is also developing a leadership camp. Its third function is to carry out the “Commemoration Project,” which means promoting “Sunhak Peace Awards,” to commemorate Rev. Moon’s contributions to world peace. Candidates for awards will include both individuals and organizations that have contributed annually towards a peaceful world. The fourth function is “Social Contribution.” Awards will be given to candidates or organizations which have served in areas such as counseling, serving multi-cultural families, service for the handicapped. etc. The fifth function is “Scientific Research.” The Foundation will support students who do research on peace theories. Additionally, the Foundation will host symposiums on the topic of “peace.”
In commemoration of the First Anniversary of Cheon Il Guk, the Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation (President Kim Min Ha) presented 10 billion won in scholarships to 1,455 talented individuals to honor the future realization of Cheon Il Guk. On January 10th at 2:00 PM, by the Heavenly Calendar (February 9th), 300 Korean and 50 international scholarship student representatives attended the 2nd Scholarship Certificate Presentation Ceremony and Service Work Award Ceremony at the Cheon Jeong Gung Museum.
The 2nd Scholarship Presentation Ceremony and Service Work Award Ceremony
The Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation selected about 1,455 students (400 Korean and 1,055 international students) for the second round of scholarships. The 1,055 foreign students receive academic support through the Foundation’s aid, as well as opportunities to learn Korean culture and grow as talented individuals. Sun Moon University in Asan, Chungnam, will be hosting these talented global students. The Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation also selected about 40 graduate students to receive tuition and living expense coverage, to help them become leaders of the future.
The Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation also awarded five individuals and five organizations with the Wonmo Pyeongae Service Work Awards. Kim Min Chang, Kim Sang Gyun, Yang Nyeon Ju, Oh Jang Jin and Lee Dong Gyu were designated as awardees for their dedication and service of at least 10 years toward improving their communities. Organizations that were awarded included the Seoul Multicultural Families’ Association, which serves and educates multicultural children, the One Love Women’s Association, a women’s organization devoted to developing communities and the needy through service, The Yeongdeungpo Peace Service Corps, recognized for its continued work in helping the needy and in beautifying the environment, the Chung Bok Multicultural Forum, which aids multicultural families in the community through scholarship and educational support programs for vulnerable social and cultural classes and the One Cherry Association, an organization through which Japanese wives living in Korea have been continuously serving their communities for over 10 years.
Further Cultivating the Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation
The awards ceremony started off gracefully with the opening prayer given by Family Federation Korean President Ryu Kyeong-Seuk and a video progress report on the Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation. Founder Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, in her special founder’s lecture, encouraged the audience, saying, “It is important for each person to be active. As the masters of history, you must have the spirit of a master and the heart of a parent. We will work hard to cultivate the Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation into an organization that can help all of mankind.”
In her welcoming remarks, Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation President Kim Min Ha resolved that, “We will follow in the footsteps of Reverend Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon in leading global work for peace. We will become a global level organization that will help the world’s countries to overcome conflict and contribute to peace and unification through financing peace scholarships, commemorative projects, scholarship work and societal contribution efforts.”
National Assembly Member Kim Eul-Dong gave the congratulatory message, saying, “I have always considered Reverend Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon to be genuine patriots who worked for their nation and people. I pray that the Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation can become an organization that can give hope to not only Tongil Group, but also to Korea and the whole world.”
Inspired by the Ideal of Cheon Il Guk Taking Root
Chairman Han presented scholarship certificates to representative students Park Hyang Eun (Stanford University), Nagata Remi (Tokyo University), students from Canada, Brazil, The Democratic Republic of Congo and other students from 52 countries. She also directly presented the service awards to the five individuals and five organizations, and encouraged each of them to continue growing and developing.
Former Confucian General Assembly Kang Head Dae Bong, who attended the event, said in a heartfelt reflection that, “As a Korean Confucian, it makes me very happy to see that Reverend Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon did such incredible work. I am overjoyed to see that they are cultivating the tree of dreams not only for Korea, but for the whole world. This was such a magnificent and meaningful event for putting down the roots of peace.” Choo Sung Choon, former Jeju Branch Manager of MBC, gave his remarks as well, saying, “After hearing Dr. Han’s speech, I really look forward to the future of the Foundation. I was able to deeply experience getting one step closer to the realization of a peaceful world through the Tongil Group.”
In the middle of the event, a choir composed of 30 of the Wonmo 1st stage scholarship students, and 40 global scholarship students, sang a congratulatory song, and exchange scholarship students who have only been in Korea for 2 months wrote letters of gratitude in Korean and presented them to Dr. Han.
In 2013, the Foundation awarded about 4 billion won in scholarships to about 700 high school and university students from around the world. This year, in the second round of scholarship presentations, the Foundation was able to increase the range of scholarship students to include middle school and graduate students. They were also able to drastically increase the volume of funds given to about 10 billion won.