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MLK UNC Student Scholarship

About the Scholarship

The scholarship is open to all Juniors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Any junior may apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or handicap, whose public and private community activities demonstrate a commitment to improving the quality of life of our community and campus.

The awards are given annually to students who, as judged by the MLK, Jr. Scholarship Committee, best exemplify Dr. King’s commitment to our society. Nominees are judged on the basis of the activities and contributions that demonstrate their commitment to civil/human rights and their desire to improve the quality of life of all members of the University community.

Nominees are also judged on their ability to achieve and excel academically. One first-place winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship and two runner-up candidates will receive $1,500 scholarships.

The opening of applications for the 2023 UNC MLK Student Scholarship will be announced in Fall semester 2022.
Please check this page for updated information.

Meet the 2022 Finalists:


Sherrod CrumPortrait of Sherrod Crum. Sherrod is a Black man with short black hair. He is wearing a white button-down shirt, and coral pants and smiling outside.

Sherrod Crum is studying Business Administration and Entrepreneurship. He currently serves as the President of the Black Entrepreneurship Initiative here at UNC and is also the Executive Assistant of the UNC NAACP. Sherrod is also a Career Path counselor for University Career Services and is the Chief Executive Officer for the nonprofit organization Mission: Scholarship, Inc.

Additionally, Sherrod is a proud member of the Black Student Movement and the Culinary Medicine Club. Crum has received numerous awards and has been recognized during his time on campus. These include but are not limited to: the Harvey Beech Scholarship, the Carolina Challenge Award, the Kenan Biddle Partnership Award, and his selection as an Eship Scholar, a Kenan Scholar, and an Accenture Student Leadership Fellow. He is also affiliated with Honors Carolina.

Rhea BhagiaPortrait of Rhea Bhagia. Rhea is an Indian American woman with long straight brown hair. She is wearing a blue suit jacket and white shirt and smiling in front of the Old Well.

Rhea Bhagia is studying Business Administration as well as Statistics and Analytics. Bhagia is proud to be an Indian American pupil here at UNC and a member of UNC Sangam. Through her involvement, they have been able to increase the awareness of South Asian culture around campus by planning numerous events. Rhea has further spread awareness about their culture organizing the logistics for two national South Asian dance competitions where the proceeds benefit nonprofits in rural India and she assists with raising money for the Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship. Furthermore, she competes with UNC Chalkaa, which is a collegiate Bollywood dance team.

Rhea possesses a passion for nonprofit work and is involved with various organizations and community service efforts. Some of her interests include Meals on Wheels in Durham, NC, Paws4Ever, which is a local dog/cat adoption center, and she has volunteered at homeless shelters, gardens, Carolina COVID Student Service Corps, and she has worked with Make-A-Wish kids. Rhea is a Gene Clark Memorial Scholar, an Honors Carolina Ambassador, a Girls Who Invest Scholar and has completed over 300 hours of community service through being a Hungary Buckley Public Service Scholar.

Portrait of Jorren Biggs. Jorren is a Black man with short black hair and a goatee. He is wearing tortoiseshell glasses, a plaid shirt and a black t-shirt and standing in front of a bush.

Jorren Biggs

Jorren Biggs is pursuing his degree by way of studying African American Diaspora Studies and Political Science. Currently, Mr. Biggs serves as the treasurer for the Black Student Movement and is a volunteer for the Stone Center’s  Communiversity Youth Program. He is also a virtual prison writing coach for the Friday Center’s Prison Outreach Program. On top of this commendable service, Jorren is also a member of the inaugural cohort of SLATE in the Institute for African American Research. He continues his community involvement, external of UNC, by serving as a consultant and Board Member to the National Juvenile Network, which is a non-profit organization, based in Washington, D.C. that strives to transform the juvenile justice system.

Jorren is recognized as a Joseph E. Pogue Scholar, a Light on the Hill Scholar, and he made the Dean’s List in the Fall of 2019. In addition to these accomplishments, he was acknowledged in 2020 as National Juvenile Justice Network Youth Leader of the Year and in 2019, he received the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People Ralph B. Hunt Youth Award.


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