About the Scholarship

The scholarship is open to all JUNIORS at the University of North Carolina at Chapel HillAny 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 University community.

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

Deadline for applications has been extended to Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Application Form

2018 UNC MLK Student Scholarship

  • Please use this space to explain to the committee your campus involvement that you deem relevant in reviewing your application.
  • Please list any awards or honors that you received while at UNC-Chapel Hill that the committee may find useful in reviewing your application.
  • Please list the name and office of a faculty or staff member at Carolina who will serve as a reference for you. We will contact them only if you are selected as one of the finalists for the position.
  • Please attach your resume.
  • Please attach your essay. Be sure to write your name at the top of each page. Do not exceed 1,000 words. Please address the following in your essay: 1. What does the life and legacy of Dr. King mean to you? 2. How does your community involvement embody the basic concerns that Dr. King addressed during his lifetime? 3. What would receiving the scholarship mean to you?
  • Please attach a PDF version of your unofficial transcript here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email mlk@unc.edu


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