Through excellence in academic achievement, distinguished leadership, and community service, this prestigious cohort-based honors program brings together students from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds who have demonstrated a commitment to further the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

NYU’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars are selected for the program at the time of admission and join a cohort of approximately 60 fellow student social and academic leaders. Centered around an immersive, cohort-based learning community, this honors program offers a rich combination of weekly seminars, faculty engagement, domestic and international travel colloquia, undergraduate research and internship opportunities, educational and cultural activities, and community service-learning. All MLK Scholars are part of a distinctive honors community with a long history of developing some of NYU's best and brightest students and thought leaders.

Spanning the undergraduate career, the program enhances the quality of the NYU experience, while also connecting Scholars to an invaluable network of distinguished peers, leading faculty, and committed alumni who share a similar passion for advancing Dr. King's vision through scholarship, leadership, and service. Our Scholars go on to build meaningful relationships within and across cohorts as they support each other’s ongoing learning, growth, and development.