Martin Luther King Scholars

The Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Scholars Program for Peace and Social Justice accepts ten African American and Hispanic/Latino Kentucky high school graduates annually. As part of being an MLK Scholar, students will have the opportunity to live in an honors residence hall, take interactive peace and social justice courses, and participate in a domestic travel experience.

To apply for the MLK Scholars Program, you will need to:

  1. Receive an invitation to apply AFTER being admitted to UofL. Visit
  2. Complete the application and the short answer essay by clicking the online link in the invitation in order to complete.
  3. Attend an interview day in late February. Approx. 20-25 invited for interviews.

If you have questions about program academic eligibility requirements, please contact Ramonia Brents at 502.852.7538 or Deadline to apply is January 15th.*

*Please note that the application for the MLK Scholars program is separate from the University's general scholarship program.

Meet the 2013-2014 MLK Scholars

Program Timeline

Early ArrivalFreshman Year Fall TermSophomore Year Fall Term
  • S.O.U.L. Community Service Event
  • Honors Living Learning Community: Threlkeld Hall
  • Attend Honors Welcome Week events
  • Honors 101 course: Focus on Peace and Social Justice
  • Honors 214 course: Social Behavior and Oral Comm. credit
  • Conduct service project in Louisville community (class requirement)
  • Begin one-year Bonner Leader Program commitment. Meet once a month with Bonner Leader Program
  • 2nd Peace Studies Course: "Mediation" (optional)
  • Honors International Seminar (optional)
Freshman Year Spring TermSophomore Year Spring Term
  • "Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation Fundamentals" course by Peace Studies Program
  • Inform Scholars about campus leadership opportunities
  • Inform Scholars about Sophomore Year Leadership Opportunities
  • Continue Bonners Leader Program**
  • 3rd Peace Studies Course: "Service Learning" (optional)
  • Attend Alternative Spring Break Service Learning Trip

*All MLK Scholars will receive a financial award to help defray the cost of books.