Martin Luther King Scholars Program


"The MLK Scholars Program and the advisors encourage each student to find their voice to make change in the world." Jason Jewell, 2013 MLK Scholar

The Martin Luther King Scholars participate in an engaging leadership development program while enrolled at the University of Louisville. This mentored scholar program includes a scholarship, which is awarded annually to ten African American or Latino high school graduates from Kentucky or Southern Indiana. MLK Scholars participate in a program designed to develop critical thinking skills, engage in self exploration, and establish an appreciation for civic engagement. MLK Scholars live in an Honors Service Living Learning community throughout their first year, enroll in courses focused on social justice and peace studies, engage in experiential learning through community service initiatives, and, during the second year, participate in a civil rights immersion travel experience. The program includes full in-state tuition plus an $8,000 stipend to cover other university expenses. A minimum high school GPA of 3.5 and ACT score of 26 (SAT 1240) are required to apply. 


Meet the Scholars


View Scholars Service Initiatives


Civil Rights Trip

Program Timeline

Learn what the next four years has in store for MLK Scholars, including engaging courses, enriching service projects, and life-changing travel experiences.



Questions? Contact Claudia Lopez, Administrative Assistant,, 502.852.2275

MLK Scholars Program Advisors:
Errol Wint, Interim Sr. Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions
Leondra Gully, Assistant Director, Cultural Center
Claudia Lopez, Administrative Assistant, Undergraduate Admissions
Josie Raymond, Student Success Coordinator, Enrollment Management