As one of the most prestigious Honors Programs at NYU, entering first year undergraduates do not apply directly, but are selected for membership in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars Program. Prospective Scholars are selected 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, Jr. Scholars Selection Committee places special emphasis on social justice, activism, community service and advocacy. Prospective Scholars may use the personal statement, the additional information section of the Common Application or upload an essay to further explore causes and interests important to them, highlighting extracurricular involvement and detailing leadership positions held or projects supported by their high schools and/or communities.
The MLK Scholars Program is more than a scholarship, and places emphasis on more than high grades. Students who are designated Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars complete a rigorous academic program of study in one of NYU's undergraduate schools/colleges while participating in the enriched academic and cultural experiences offered by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars Program.
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.
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:
Ednovate United Cerebral Palsy NYU College of Dentistry HARP Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego Congressman Ted Lieu Label Custon Clothing Company MODE PR 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 eMProductions 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