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, Jr. Scholars participate in an engaging leadership development program while enrolled at the University of Louisville. The program includes a scholarship, which is awarded annually to ten Black/African American or Hispanic/Latino high school graduates from Kentucky or Southern Indiana. MLK Scholars participate in programming 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 service-based travel experience and complete an extensive service project. The program includes full in-state tuition plus an educational allowance to cover other university expenses.

Meet the Scholars here:

2015 MLK Scholars
2014 MLK Scholars
2013 MLK Scholars



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

Program Timeline

First Year Fall TermSecond 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)
  • participate in required monthly scholarship meetings
  • Select a year-long community service project site, complete 250-300 hours
  • participate in required monthly scholarship meetings
First Year Spring TermSecond Year Spring Term
  • Class: Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation Fundamentals (through Peace Studies Program)*
  • Inform Scholars about campus leadership opportunities
  • participate in required monthly scholarship meetings

*Four courses in Peace Studies are required to receive Peace Studies certificate with Bachelor's degree upon graduation
**Some MLK Scholars may take a different version of the first-year seminar
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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Questions? Contact Errol Wint, Associate Director of Admissions at 502.852.0824 or