Freshman Year: The centerpiece of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars Program is the Scholars Seminar (SAHS-UE 2). Scholars will reference a selected quote from Dr. King's writings as their annual theme to explore present day topics and societal issues from multiple perspectives, artistic forms and expressions. Scholars continue the exploration of their theme through travel colloquia, community service, research, and other Program activities. This past year’s theme was framed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote, "The time is always right to do what is right."
Sophomore Year: Sophomores are assigned as mentors to first year scholars as part of the Sophomore Leader Initiative, serving as a primary resource and guide, and participating together with their mentees in select Scholars Seminar events and activities. Sophomores may also participate in NYU Global Study and other leadership initiatives through their schools.
During Junior and Senior Years, Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars may participate in select activities and events in the Program, and in other niche communities in the University and Schools.
Both Junior and Senior Year Scholars may apply to participate in the Program as a MLK Scholars Program Student Assistant, assisting with the planning and coordination of select Program activities and events.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars are expected to maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA or better, and to participate actively in program activities as outlined, including community service. Scholars who meet these requirements are reappointed annually.