January 08, 2014

Scholars Who Serve

Recipients of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship work to change the world.

MLK scholars
Current Martin Luther King Jr. scholars, from left Jack McAtee Jr., Camilo Rivera and Keilah Johnson. Photo by Michelle Peltier

This month, Saint Louis University and the nation will honor the work and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

In that spirit, prospective students are encouraged to apply for the University's Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship, which recognizes those who are committed to the ideals of Dr. King and demonstrate leadership in the classroom, on campus and in the greater community.

The University created the scholarship to honor King's work to promote social justice and eradicate inequality.

"The Dr. King Scholarship Program is much more than just a means for students to finance themselves at Saint Louis University," said George Winston, program director of Multicultural Recruitment and Outreach. "It creates a community of students who are focused on enhancing their social-advocacy skills."

There's still time for incoming students to apply for this scholarship. To be considered, interested students must complete an online application, which can be found at the Office of Undergraduate Admission website.  

"To be an MLK Scholar is pretty special," said Jack McAtee Jr., a junior in the John Cook School of Business. "It really means just being a part of a community of people that truly believe in living out Dr. King's mission."

MLK Scholars take part in unique events, including meet-and-greets with other scholars, the MLK Legacy retreat and the annual interview weekend with potential scholarship recipients.

The scholars are also required to take part in at least one social-justice-themed event each academic year, as well as participating in community service.

"Being an MLK Scholar has provided me with a community of other students to engage in tough conversations about social justice," said Keilah Johnson, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences.

For many students, however, the most valuable aspect of the program isn't the activities or the aid; it's the bonds they form with other like-minded scholars.

"Through our meeting each other, we come to know our differences and celebrate them, while growing more as people and as well-rounded human beings," said Camilo Rivera, a sophomore in Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology.

Find out more about the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship and to apply, visit the the Office of Undergraduate Admission website or call 314-977-2500 or 800-SLU-FOR-U. The deadline for applications is Saturday, Feb. 1.

— by Danielle Lacey

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