As one of the most prestigious Honors Programs at NYU, prospective first year undergraduates do not apply directly, but are selected for membership in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars Program based on a demonstrated commitment to further the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through excellence in academic achievement, distinguished leadership and community service.

The MLK Scholars Program is more than a scholarship, and places emphasis on more than high grades. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars complete a rigorous academic program of study in one of NYU's undergraduate schools/colleges while participating in enriched academic and cultural experiences, including travel colloquia, research, internships, community service, and cultural activities. 

Scholars Award

Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars are awarded a merit scholarship and additional need-based financial assistance, as determined by the FAFSA and CSS Profile, renewable until completion of the baccalaureate degree, not to exceed eight terms of full time undergraduate study. The Scholars Program Fund helps to defray the cost of program activities, including domestic and international travel colloquia, the Freshman Summer Internship, and NYU Global Study.

Freshman Summer Internship Fund

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. With the approval of their academic advisors, the Wasserman Center for Career Development, and the Program, Scholars identify appropriate sites for placement.  These are some of this past year's sites:

United Cerebral Palsy
NYU College of Dentistry HARP
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Congressman Ted Lieu
Label Custon Clothing Company
Compass International Wealth Management, LLC
P.A.L.A.N.T.E. Harlem
Cope Health Scholars / Riverside Community
Williamstown Theatre Festival
Family Pediatrics
The Opportunity Network
The Friedlander Group
Run for America
BRND Marketing Group LLC
Creative Civilization PR
Denver Center for the Performing Arts Education Dept
UC Berkley, School of Public Policy
Congressman Mike Thompson's District Office
Ben Kallos, NYC City Council
Charity Water
The Center for an Urban Future
Northeastern Financial Partners LLC


NYU Global Study

When Sophomore and Junior Year MLK Scholars choose to study away at one of NYU’s Global sites during the academic year, they may receive partial support from the Program to help defray associated expenses for travel and housing.