Prior Winners

Prior winners of the US Cup Taekwondo Grandmaster Moo Yong Lee Memorial Scholarship are listed here. To apply for next year’s scholarship, see the Scholarship page.

2020-21 Winners

The recipients of the 3rd annual Grandmaster Moo Yong Lee Memorial Scholarship in 2020 were Bennett Ducharme of Windham, NH and Sarah Wilper of Vernon, CT. We congratulate these two accomplished students, each of whom received $1,000 for tuition to higher education.

Bennett Ducharme

Hometown: Windham, NH
College: Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Rank: 3rd Dan
Instructor: Grandmaster Dave Sirois, United Tae Kwon Do

“Over the last twelve years, Tae Kwon Do has become a family for me because of the love for the sport, the mutual respect, and the comradery. When I began this sport I was impatient, unfocused, and timid but over the years I began realizing I was able to be myself. I started to enjoy the class structure and began working hard, finding my voice, learning to be calm and more outgoing.”

Sarah Wilper

Hometown: Vernon, CT
College: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Rank: 2nd dan
Instructor: Grandmaster RJ Botticello, United Korean Martial Arts

“I learned that focusing on the moment, the breath and the movement in Tae Kwon Do was what I needed to do. I had to be present in my training. That learning has carried into my everyday life.”

2019-20 Winners

The recipients of the 2nd annual Grandmaster Moo Yong Lee Memorial Scholarship in 2019 were Joshua Duvall of Manchester, CT and Rohit Kantipudi of Madbury, NH. We congratulate these two accomplished students, each of whom received $1,000 for tuition to higher education based on their personal character, scholarship, and achievement in Taekwondo.

Joshua Duvall

Hometown: Manchester, CT
College: University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Rank: 1st Dan

“Tae Kwon Do is a constant in my life. I began practicing at United Tae Kwon Do when I was four, where I eventually achieved my black belt under Grandmaster Moo Yong Lee. Tae Kwon Do helps shape how I affect the world around me; its tenets encourage me to make a difference when I can. I take the discipline and training Tae Kwon Do instills in me and apply it to everything I do.”

Rohit Kantipudi

Hometown: Madbury, NH
College: California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
Rank: 2nd Dan

“In my ten years of training, I’ve only missed seeing Grandmaster Park [Park’s TKD, Portsmouth, NH] at the dojang three times. This is a spectacular testament to the benefits of Taekwondo on the practioner. Experiencing the great respect Grandmaster Park wields in the Seacoast area and all the physical benefits he’s gained have made me want to reach higher in Taekwondo.”

2018-19 Winners

The recipients of the inaugural Grandmaster Moo Yong Lee Memorial Scholarship in 2018 were Krister DG Barclay of Craftsbury, VT and Leslie D. Hernandez of Manchester, CT. We congratulate these two accomplished students, each of whom received $1,000 for tuition to higher education based on their personal character, scholarship, and achievement in Taekwondo.

Krister DG Barclay

Hometown: Craftsbury, VT
College: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ
Rank: 2nd Dan

“The sport has taught me the mental aspect that I live by everyday: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, and Indomitable Spirit. Taekwondo has taught me to set short and long term goals, striving to reach excellence in the sport. Setting goals in taekwondo has also taught me to set goals in school, other sports, and other aspects of life.

This scholarship will help me focus more on my major and help me further achieve academic excellence.”

Leslie D. Hernandez

Hometown: Manchester, CT
College: Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT
Rank: 3rd Dan

“Being a part of the Taekwondo community has helped me make decisions in life as well as help me understand the importance of prioritizing…I’ve gained strength, courage, and a family from martial arts who have helped and supported me.

Ever since beginning my studies at MCC, I have experienced so much and learned so many new things to help me along the way to my degree. Not only my degree, but a way to better my future for my daughter and me.”