Saint Louis University

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship

Scholarship Eligibility

Students who meet the following criteria are invited to fill out a separate application for Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship candidacy:

First-Year students:

  • An ACT of 23 or greater (SAT 1050 math+critical reading)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, weighted or unweighted, as reported on the student's high school transcript. Transcripts will be accepted through the student's 7th semester.

Transfer students:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, as reported on the student’s college transcript(s).
  • Completed 24 or more transferable college credit hours

Only those students who meet the above stated requirements will be eligible for candidacy. These criteria are used only for determining eligibility and do not guarantee that the student will be selected for further competition or as a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship recipient. Students will be reviewed by a committee and a select number of applicants will be invited to interview for the King Scholarship

The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship is a renewable academic award, covering up to six semesters for transfer students and eight semesters for first-year students. In past years, the average amount of a King Scholarship has been more than $24,000 a year. All MLK Scholars received a minimum total award of $13,000 (merit-based scholarship + MLK scholarship).

The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship is a competitive award granted to students who are committed to social justice, academic success, service, leadership and intentional cultural awareness experiences. Each one of these characteristics enables our scholarship recipients to develop their potential as advocates for positive social change. The scholarship is open to all first-year and transfer students. We welcome and encourage applications from students with diverse, intellectually talented racial and ethnic backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in U.S. higher education. Recipients of the scholarship will be connected to students, faculty and staff who are dedicated to promoting Dr. King’s ideals, both at Saint Louis University and in the St. Louis Community. King Scholars participate in structured programs, including the annual MLK Legacy Day of Service, legacy retreat, community service projects and monthly informational sessions, many of which are designed by current King Scholars.


Martin Luther King Jr. Application Requirements

To apply for Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship candidacy, first-year students must meet the initial eligibility requirements:

  • Submit all components of the Saint Louis University Application for Freshman Admission, including official high school transcript, test scores and Secondary School Report Form.
  • Submit a completed Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Application, including two (2) scholarship essays and a resume.

Transfer students must meet these eligibility requirements:

  • Submit all components of the Saint Louis University Application for Transfer Admission, including official transcripts from each college attended.
  • Submit a completed Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Application, including two (2) scholarship essays and a resume.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship application deadline for first-year or transfer students is Feb. 1.

QUALIFYING TEST SCORES:
Test scores from either the ACT or the SAT may serve as qualifiers for Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship candidacy. However, scores from December test dates are the last that can be guaranteed consideration for determining eligibility.

ESSAY AND RESUME REQUIREMENTS:
Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship applicants must answer a series of scholarship essay questions and submit a resume. All of these documents can be uploaded with your scholarship application or they can be sent to Saint Louis University at:

Saint Louis University
Office of Admission
One North Grand Blvd., Room 119
St. Louis, MO 63103

Essays

Before you start to complete your scholarship application, please take a moment to think about these questions, gather your thoughts and then write your essays. We recommend that each essay be 150-300 words. This year's essay topics are:

  • In thinking about SLU's mission of social justice and using an example from Dr. King's legacy, what ways do you see yourself contributing to positive, social change on campus?
  • Describe an experience where you have addressed prejudice and/or oppression in your community. In reflection, what did you learn from this experience?

Resumes

Applicants will be prompted to include a resume that describes activities, leadership roles and awards/recognition. 
 


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