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Lester Korn Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

In honor of Korn Ferry’s late co-founder, Lester Korn, the Korn Ferry Charitable Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist children of Korn Ferry employees worldwide with undergraduate study at an accredited college, university, or equivalent.


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Applicants to the Lester Korn Scholarship Program must:

  • Be dependent* children or legal wards (age 25 or younger) of full-time, part-time, or temporary Korn Ferry employees who have a minimum of one-year employment with Korn Ferry. Employees must be employed directly by Korn Ferry at the time employment is verified (approximately July 2021).
    *Dependent children are defined as biological, step- or legally adopted children living in the employee’s household or primarily supported by the employee.
  • Be high school seniors or graduates/ students in their final year of upper secondary school or graduates/ final year of CEGEP or graduates, or current undergraduate university students.
  • Be enrolled or plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited college, university, or equivalent (length of course of study may vary from three to five years depending on location) for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Be pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent. Awards are for undergraduate study only and not for graduate or vocational-technical/ polytechnical study.

Dependent children or legal wards of the following individuals are ineligible to participate: Korn Ferry’s corporate executive leadership team, line of business leaders, regional and market presidents; Korn Ferry Charitable Foundation’s directors, members and officers; and such others as Korn Ferry Charitable Foundation deems appropriate.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • Statement of goals and aspirations
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • Financial need
  • An online recommendation.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America, the program administrator. In no instance does any officer or employee of Korn Ferry or Korn Ferry Charitable Foundation play a part in the selection. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $10,000 award. Up to 50 awards will be granted. The awards will be paid in U.S. dollars (USD).

A scholarship is awarded for one academic year and is not renewable. Recipients may not receive an award in two consecutive years. Students are encouraged to apply each year they are eligible to do so. Only one student per household may be awarded a scholarship per award cycle.


All applicants will be notified in July 2021.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Korn Ferry Charitable Foundation. Payment will be made beginning in early August 2021.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
  • Supplemental Financial Data Form (if needed).

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than May 27, 2021 3:00 pm CT.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin.

Korn Ferry Charitable Foundation has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!