Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Award Ceremony and Competition is one of three competitive scholarships offered by Moreno Valley College (MVC). The MLK Scholarship has been assisting MVC and local high school students with their educational expenses since 2013.

Scholarship Opportunities  Event History

About Dr. King

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist who had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s. 

Among his many efforts, King headed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Through his activism and inspirational speeches, he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African American citizens in the United States, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

Source: Biography.com

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo by Dick DeMarsico, World Telegram staff photographer.

 

Scholarship Opportunities

The MLK Speech Competition offers enrolled MVC students a chance to prepare and deliver a speech addressing a prompt for a scholarship reward. The MLK Essay Competition offers a chance for local high school students to submit essays answering the year's prompt for a scholarship award.

Guidelines

  • Eligibility: Open to enrolled Moreno Valley College students
  • Award: $1,000 scholarship winner and two $500 honorable mention winners
  • Length of Speech: 5 minutes (approximately 650-750 words)
  • Typed Speech Due: Monday, December 6 at noon
  • Selection and Acceptance: All applicants will be notified by December 2 whether they have been invited to deliver their speech to a panel of judges. To be considered for the scholarships, finalists must be available to deliver their speech via Zoom on December 3. All scholarship recipients must be able to attend the MLK Scholarship Ceremony. The first-place winner will orally present their speech at the Award Ceremony.
  • Format: Write the speech as you plan to present it orally. When submitted electronically, your typed speech must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format. The name of the student should NOT appear anywhere on the speech document with the exception of the cover page. Each submission must have a cover page with the following information: your full name, student ID, phone number with area code and email address. The page number and your 7-digit student ID should be in the top right-hand corner of each page. Failure to do so may result in your speech not being reviewed.
  • Submission: Register for the scholarship and submit your typed speech through the online MLK Scholarship Speech Competition entry form.

Prompt: A Time for Peace

When Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway on December 10 in 1964, the context of his acceptance speech focused on America's treatment of the Negro during the civil rights movement period. In his speech, Dr. King stated that, "The Nobel award recognizes the amazing discipline of the Negro. Though we have had riots, the bloodshed we would have known without the discipline of nonviolence would have been frightening."

Today, America finds itself in an internal battle for the soul of this nation. Though some still believe in aggressive actions, we know that methods of peace and collaboration produce long lasting positive results. Therefore, using content from Dr. King's speech develop a position about what you believe to be the best actions for peace in the nation's current battle, and share experiences or future plans for yourself to become a peacemaker for social justice in our community.

Guidelines

  • Eligibility: Current 9th through 12th grade students from Moreno Valley and Val Verde unified school districts (MVUSD and VVUSD).
  • Award: $500 scholarship
  • Length of Essay: 900 to 1,500 words
  • Format: Your essay must be typed with references and citations in MLA format, with an extra line between paragraphs. For any book titles or media references, use quotes ("") to denote them, not italics. You will be copying and pasting your essay into your registration form and will lose formatting like italics, bolds and underlines. Do not put your name or student ID number or other identifying information in your essay. You must also prepare a works cited page in MLA format, which will be pasted into the registration form. Each field for your essay allows up to 4,000 characters, including spaces. Double check that the entire essay is present before submitting. You will have extra fields if your essay does not fit in one field. Note that you may not submit an essay more than 1,500 words.
  • Typed Essay Due: Tuesday, November 23 at noon
  • Acceptance Requirements: If chosen, you will be contacted by Moreno Valley College representatives. You will be asked to submit a portrait photo and expected to attend the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Ceremony to accept your scholarship award.

Prompt: A Time for Peace

When Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway on December 10 in 1964, the context of his acceptance speech focused on America's treatment of the Negro during the civil rights movement period. In his speech, Dr. King stated that, "The Nobel award recognizes the amazing discipline of the Negro. Though we have had riots, the bloodshed we would have known without the discipline of nonviolence would have been frightening."

Today, America finds itself in an internal battle for the soul of this nation. Though some still believe in aggressive actions, we know that methods of peace and collaboration produce long lasting positive results. Therefore, using content from Dr. King's speech develop a position about what you believe to be the best actions for peace in the nation's current battle, and share experiences or future plans for yourself to become a peacemaker for social justice in our community.

Event History

 
  • 2022: A Time for Peace
  • 2021: The Winds of Change: Addressing Opportunity Gaps
  • 2020: Sands of Time: The Needs for a "Maladjusted" America
  • 2019: Passing the Baton "To Keep the Pressure Alive"
  • 2018: Stay Woke: "Don't Sleep Through the Revolution"
  • 2017: Answering the Knock at Midnight
  • 2016: Drum Majors for Justice
  • 2015: Reflections on Letter from Birmingham Jail
  • 2014: Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 2013: Beyond the Dream: Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 2022: Eugenia Vincent
  • 2021: Cordell Briggs, Ph.D.
  • 2020: Judy White, Ed.D.
  • 2019: Hardy, Sr. and Cheryl Brown
  • 2018: Woodie Rucker-Hughes
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