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MLK Scholarship Candidates Visit Campus

Some of the nation's most gifted high school students will be on campus this week for the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Interview Weekend.

The students’ visits to SLU began on Thursday, March 22, and were set to continue through Saturday, March 24. While on campus, the students will interview for a Presidential Scholarship, which provides full tuition for four years. Faculty and staff are urged to help welcome these visitors and their families to campus.

Candidates for the award could take part in an optional overnight stay in the residence halls on Thursday, March 22. On Friday, March 23, visitors were set to attend a class, have lunch with current Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars and meet with academic departments. The candidates could also opt to take a trolley tour of the city, including the Central West End and Busch Stadium or an expansive tour of the SLU campus, which was to include the new Academic Tech Commons, residence halls and St. Francis Xavier College Church.

The weekend was set to officially kick-off with a Welcome Reception in the atrium of the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, March 23, giving interviewers an informal opportunity to meet the candidates. Any faculty or staff that would like to attend this reception are welcome to do so.  Please register here for more information.

On Saturday, March 24, leaders from the St. Louis community as well as University alumni were scheduled to join current Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars and SLU faculty and staff members in interviewing this year’s finalists.

In order to qualify for a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship, students must have an ACT composite score of 23 or greater or an SAT of 1050 and a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. In addition to these academic credentials, potential Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars must demonstrate a commitment to the promotion of diversity, social justice and change in our society and demonstrate leadership in the classroom, on campus and in their communities.

For more information about the event, contact Andrea L. Hitsman, assistant director for campus visits, or call 314-977-2420.