Martin Luther King Scholars Program

The Fall 2021 Martin Luther King Scholars application is now open.

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 1230) are required to apply. 

To Apply:

Once you apply for admission, you can apply for the Martin Luther King Scholars Program (based on your reported ACT/SAT and GPA) in your New Cards Gateway. A complete application includes:

  • One essay (700-800 words) responding to the following prompt:
    • Social justice and community service are key elements of the MLK Scholars Program. What is your understanding of social justice and what significance does it hold for you? If you were given the opportunity as an MLK Scholar to develop and implement a social justice themed project, what would you be interested in pursuing for this project? Why?

  • 2 letters of recommendation (at least one must be from a high school teacher)
  • Resume (review resume scoring rubric.)

If you have questions about scholarships or award amounts and criteria, please email  with "Scholarships" in the subject line.

Learn more about the Martin Luther King Scholars Program