Gurye Hwaeomsa temple awarded scholarships for 10 Dongguk University students for fostering local future Buddhists.
/Photography by Hwang Chae-yeon
The first Gurye Hwaeomsa scholarship certificate award ceremony was held in the meeting room of the school founding committee which is on the fifth floor of Dongguk University Main Hall on January 12th. Gurye Hwaeomsa temple awarded scholarships for 10 Dongguk University students for fostering local future Buddhists. There attended Ven. Don Kwan, the chairman of the school founding committee, the president, the head of the corporate affairs department and the director of foreign cooperation from Dongguk University. Three scholarship donors, Ven. Deok Mun, the chief Buddhist monk of Gurye Hwaeomsa temple, the vice-principal of Jeonggwang High School and the Buddhist monk of Jenggwang High School also attended. 10 Dongguk University students from Gwangju, selected by Hwaeomsa foundation, also attended the ceremony.
In this ceremony, Hwaeomsa awarded a total of 10,000,000 won for Dongguk University students. Ven. Don Kwan expressed his gratitude to Hwaeomsa including Ven. Deok Mun and said, “I hope that today’s ceremony will serve as an opportunity for students to establish a relationship with Hwaeomsa temple and have a big dream with pride as a Donggukian.” Yoon Sung-yee, the president of Dongguk University, explained, “The scholarship for fostering local future Buddhists is a project that helps Dongguk University students to focus only on developing their abilities without worrying about tuition fees.” He also said, “I hope our students will develop themselves, and moreover, develop the local and the university, inheriting the heart of Hwaeomsa.” At the same time, Ven. Deok Mun said, “We hope scholarship students will become great Buddhists and continue to have a good relationship with Hwaeomsa temple. With the responsibility of fostering local Buddhist talents, Hwaeomsa will continue its future Buddhist education for Dongguk University students.”
Seon Gyeong-hwa, a senior of College of Buddhism, said, “It is even more meaningful because it is a scholarship that is received with seniors and juniors of Jeonggwang High School. I will help more seniors and juniors devote themselves to their studies in the future. Also, I will try to be a better person.” Choi Min-seog, a junior of College of Chinese Language and Literature said, “I am grateful to the chief monk and officials of Hwaeomsa. Sharing gives rise to sharing. I will follow the grace of Hwaeomsa and try to serve the community and be a light for those in need.”
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