Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars

"The MLK Jr. Scholars Program and the advisors encourage each student to find their voices to make change in the world"
-Jason Jewell 2013-2015 Cohort

The Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Scholars Program for Peace and Social Justice accepts ten African American and Hispanic/Latino Kentucky and Southern Indiana high school graduates annually. Student's live in an honors residence hall, take interactive peace and social justice courses, and participate in a domestic travel experience. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of leadership ability, passion for service learning, and interest in exploring issues of peace and social justice. Interviews are scheduled for February or early March. The program includes full in-state tuition plus an educational allowance to cover other university expenses. Students are selected based on academics merit, leadership potential, and interest in the program.

Meet the 2013 and 2014 MLK Scholars

Program Timeline

Early ArrivalFreshman Year Fall TermSophomore Year Fall Term
  • Class: Honors 101 - Focus on Peace & Social Justice
  • Class: Honors 214 - Social Behavior & Oral Communication Credit
  • Conduct service project in Louisville community (class requirement)
  • Begin one-year Bonner Leader Program commitment.
  • Meet twice a month with Bonner Leader Program
Freshman Year Spring TermSophomore Year Spring Term
  • Class: Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation Fundamentals (through Peace Studies Program)*
  • Inform Scholars about campus leadership opportunities

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*Four courses in Peace Studies are required to receive Peace Studies certificate with Bachelor's degree upon graduation

**Receive Educational Award of $1200 from Bonner Leader program upon completion of 300 hours of service at end of 12 month of service. Student may continue to participate in the Bonner Leader program through their junior and senior years.
***Service Hours from the Alternative Spring Break Trip may be counted towards the 300 hour requirement for the Bonner Leader program.

All MLK Scholars will receive an additional $500 per academic year for books.

MLK Scholars will participate in monthly meetings throughout their Freshman year, and bi-monthly meetings throughout their Sophomore year.