The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars Program brings together students from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds who have demonstrated a commitment to furthering the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through excellence in academic achievement and distinguished leadership. The understanding of the legacy that informs the Scholars Program includes the themes of “the beloved community” and social justice - Dr. King’s commitment to the proposition that inclusive and just communities are communities where individuals can grow and thrive. An all-University honors program, the MLK, Jr. Scholars Program
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars Program is more than an academic scholarship and requires more of students than outstanding grades. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars are enrolled in full-time study and complete their degrees in one of NYU’s undergraduate divisions. In addition, Scholars are awarded a merit and need-based financial aid package and participate in a rich combination of scholarly activities, domestic and international travel colloquia, research, leadership activities including community service, and educational and cultural activities.
In 1986, the Association of Black Faculty and Administrators at New York University proposed to the then Chancellor L. Jay Oliva that an all-University honors program be named in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and support his vision of a world free of racism, poverty, violence, and war. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars would not only be among the best and brightest, but they would also be asked to give back in the form of service to others. In 1987, the first group of 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars began their studies in the College of Arts and Science, the School of Education, the Tisch School of the Arts, the Stern School of Business and the Gallatin School. They were from California, Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.
Today, Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars are enrolled in all undergraduate divisions of the University, hail from coast to coast, and in May 2015 the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars Program will graduate its 24th Class.
Woven throughout the Scholars experience are opportunities to engage, explore, and experience the multifaceted cultural side of New York University and New York City.