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MLK UNC Student Scholarship

MLK UNC Student Scholarship

This scholarship is for current Carolina juniors only.

The MLK UNC Student Scholarship is awarded annually at the Lecture and Awards Ceremony during the MLK, Jr. Week of Celebration in January. Any junior may apply regardless of race, color, religion, gender identity, national origin or ability. Ideal candidates engage in public and private activities that demonstrate commitment to improving the quality of life of the community and campus. Those that apply will be judged on their academic achievements as well as their passion for civil/human rights. 

Application materials will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of UNC professional staff and current undergraduate and graduate students. The winners of the scholarship will be selected by this committee.

One first-place winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship and one runner-up will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The 2024 application will be open October 9, 2023 – November 5, 2023.

Apply here:


Meet the 2023 Finalists:


Rosa Elias

Rosa Elias is studying Political Science and Public Policy. She currently serves as the President of the Students United for Immigrant Equality. Elias is passionate about creating a community space for all, especially here at UNC. Additionally, Rosa is a proud member of various other clubs and initiatives on campus. Elias is an active peer mento for Carolina Covenant and also Research Assistant in the Sociology Department conducting qualitative and quantitative studies on protest, race, and policing policy measures across different states in the United States. She has received numerous awards and has been recognized during her time on campus. She is also affiliated with Honors Carolina.

Kesan  Ucheya

Kesan Ucheya is studying Business Administration and Economics. He currently serves on the Executive Board of Minority Business Student Alliance. Ucheya is an Obama-Chesky Scholar and also a Kenan Scholar. Additionally, Sherrod is a proud member of the Black Student Movement, Future Business Leaders of America and Institute of Politics.







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