Martin Luther King Scholars Program

Information about the Martin Luther King Scholars Program at the University of Louisville.

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Program Overview

"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 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.

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Program Structure

Students who are eligible to apply for the MLK Scholars Program will find their next steps in their UofL Application Gateway soon after they apply to UofL. The deadline to apply and to submit all supplemental materials is December 15.

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