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Award Eligibility

Students are selected for membership in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars Program based on a demonstrated record of outstanding academic achievement, leadership, community service, and dedication to furthering the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Students who are designated Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars complete a rigorous academic program of study in their respective undergraduate schools while participating in the enriched academic and cultural experiences offered by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars Program.

Scholars Award

Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars are awarded a merit scholarship and additional need-based financial assistance, as determined, renewable until completion of the baccalaureate degree, not to exceed four years. The Scholars Activities Fund helps to defray the cost of events and activities, including domestic and international travel colloquia.

Freshman Summer Internship Support

To encourage scholars to pursue career-related internship opportunities, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freshman Scholars Summer Internship Fund helps to defray expenses associated with unpaid internship opportunities completed during the summer of the freshman year within the continental United States. Internship sites have included:

Study Away Support

Junior Year MLK Scholars, if they choose to study away at one of NYU’s Study Away sites, receive partial support from the Program to help defray associated expenses. If a student's program of study restricts study away during the Junior year, requests for exceptions may be considered.

King Spirits

King Spirits are NYU sophomores selected on the basis of a distinguished record of academic achievement, leadership and service, reflecting a dedication to furthering the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King Spirits are appointed for one year, and, along with Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars. participate in Program activities and events, including the scholars seminar, travel colloquia, research and community service.


Honors and National Scholarship Competition

Junior and Senior Scholars. Depending on their major and the division in which they are enrolled, Scholars may participate in Departmental Honors and/or honors coursework during the junior and/or senior year and/or apply for grants to support independent student research.  All Scholars are invited to participate in National Scholarship competitions and University/School leadership opportunities.

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