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, MLK 2013-2015 cohort

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. (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 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. Interviews are scheduled for late February or early March. Eligible students must have a 25 ACT or 1130 SAT (CR+M) and a 3.5 GPA.

Meet the 2014 MLK Scholars here!

Meet the 2013 MLK Scholars here!
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MLK Scholar Jacob Markert performing community service through the program.

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

*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.

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