Martin Luther King Scholars Program

The Martin Luther King 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 African American or Latino high school graduates from Kentucky or Southern Indiana. MLK Scholars participate in a program 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 civil rights immersion travel experience.

The program includes full in-state tuition plus an $8,000 stipend to cover other university expenses. A minimum high school GPA of 3.5 and ACT score of 26 (SAT 1240) are required to apply. 

To Apply:

Once you apply for admission, you can apply for the Martin Luther King Scholars Program. A complete application includes:

  • One essay (400-1,000 words) responding to the following prompt:
    •  How would you define social justice, and what national/world issue do you have a particular interest in exploring further? In consideration of your response, if given the opportunity to design and implement your own social justice themed project, what would you envision it to be?
  • 1 letter of recommendation
  • Resume (review resume scoring rubric.)
  • All materials should be uploaded using the University of Louisville's online Honors Program application

Application and materials due December 15.

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