Jin's Auto Scholarship was started in 1999 by the owners of Jin's Auto (an automotive repair centre) Mr Jinsub Kim and Mrs Choonok Hwang, who felt such pride and joy when they witnessed Korean students receiving prizes at a graduation ceremony of a high school in Christchurch.
Jin's Auto Scholarship was first awarded to two high school graduates from the year 1999, when both graduates received runner-up Dux in their respective high schools. Since then, the owners of Jin's Auto has donated tens of thousands of dollars for the scholarship, which has been very highly regarded by the Korean community.
Due to the owners' retiring in 2012, after 14 years of running, Jin's Auto Scholarship had to be discontinued. By this time, about 60 students had been awarded the scholarship and the total amount the couple had donated added up to about $80,000.
In order to continue on their legacy, however, Korean Scholarship Trust was formed. The (previous) owners of Jin's Auto fully supports KST and the Canterbury Scholarship.