Martin Luther King Scholars

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

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The Martin Luther King  (MLK) Scholars Program accepts ten Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino Kentucky and Southern Indiana high school graduates annually. Students 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.

The program requirements span across the student's first and second year. The scholarship spans across the student's four years of college, in the amount of full in-state tuition plus an educational allowance to cover other university expenses. Students are selected based on academic merit, leadership potential, and interest in the program. Interviews are scheduled for early January through late February. Eligible students must have a 25 ACT or 1130 SAT (CR+M) and a 3.5 GPA.

Meet the Scholars here:

2015 MLK Scholars
2014 MLK Scholars
2013 MLK Scholars



MLK Scholars Robyn Blackman, Jazzmen Connor, and Isiah Lewis plant trees in the community on Martin Luther King Day of of Service.

Program Timeline

Early ArrivalFreshman Year Fall TermSophomore Year Fall Term
  • Class: Honors 101 - Focus on Peace & Social Justice
  • Class: Honors 210 - Race in the U.S.
  • Conduct service project in Louisville community (class requirement)
  • Select a year-long community service project site, complete 250-300 hours
Freshman Year Spring TermSophomore Year Spring Term
  • Class: Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation Fundamentals (through Peace Studies Program)*
  • Inform Scholars about campus leadership opportunities

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

  • MLK Scholars will participate in monthly meetings throughout their Freshman and Sophomore year.
  • Engineering majors will work with advisors to tailor their MLK experience to accommodate their curriculum requirements.

MLK Scholar Jason Jewell speaks to Central High School students about the importance of attaining a college degree.

MLK Scholars spend quality time during a retreat.

Advisor Luke Buckman conducts a discussion between the scholars during a monthly meeting.

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Click here to visit the Diversity Recruitment Website

Questions? Contact Errol Wint, Associate Director of Admissions at 502.852.0824 or