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 deadline for the 2016 MLK Scholars Program has passed, and the application to the program is now closed. If you have questions regarding the MLK Scholars Program, please contact the Diversity Recruitment Office at 502-852-0824, or e-mail and include “MLK Scholars Program” in the subject line.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. 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 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. 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



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

Program Timeline

First Year Fall Term
  • Attend Honors Welcome Week events
  • Participate in required monthly scholarship meetings
First Year Spring Term
  • Participate in required monthly scholarship meetings
Second Year Fall Term
  • Participate in required monthly scholarship meetings
  • Inform Scholars about campus leadership opportunities
Second Year Spring Term
  • Continue year long service project in the Louisville metro area

*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 high school students about the importance of attaining a college degree.

MLK Scholars spend quality time during the annual retreat.

Advisor Luke Buckman conducts a discussion between Scholars during a monthly meeting.

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