Here's what happens next...

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This is an overview of our recruitment process from start to finish.

We do ask interested candidates and their support networks to work with us in the spirit of flexibility as the world around us continues to provide unexpected challenges; some dates listed are subject to change.

We promise to do our best to keep everyone involved informed, every step of the way. 

Learn and Engage

These are opportunities to engage with our Program Director and current MLK Scholars to gain more insight and ask any questions you and your support network may have before the Jan18 application deadline.

 Program Overview | Dec 1, 2020, 6pm- 6:30pm EST

Join the Director, RahK Lash, for a brief overview and personal reflection of the MLK Scholar Program at Ithaca College. This time will explore how to apply, why one would apply, and what one can expect from the process. ▪

Please register here.


First Year Insights | December 8, 2020, 4pm EST

 A moderated dialogue with first-year students This time will cover topics like the first-year transition in a pandemic, why they chose the MLK Scholar Program, what the journey has been like so far, what they are looking forward to, and a word of encouragement for candidates.

Please register here.


Application Review Process

To be considered for the MLK Scholar Program at Ithaca College, all applications must be received with all supplemental material properly uploaded, before January 18, 2021, 11:59pm. 

Our application review team will look over each application and select semi-finalists. Every applicant will be notified of their status in the process by Feb 15, 2021, 7pm EST.

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All interviews will be held March 1-6, 2021.

Semi-finalists may choose to have their interview conducted via phone call or via Zoom video meeting. 

Our Program Support Team is willing to work with candidates individually for accommodations. 

Selected semi-finalists in the process will participate in an individual interview with a member of our Program Support Team. This time is used to expand on submitted application materials and allow the prospective student to tell us more about who they are, what they believe, why, and what they are looking forward to with a lifelong commitment to social justice. 

Once notified about their status, semi-finalists will be able to view the available interview times (30 minutes blocks) and sign up. On February 25, 6pm EST, an optional family session will be held to talk through any questions before the interviews start. This is open not only to prospective MLK Scholars, but people in their support network as well (family, caregivers, friends, and pets). 

Final Selection

Our goal is to notify all semi-finalists of their status in their last portion of the process no later than March 15, 2021, before 11:59pm EST. While selected finalists review their offer to join our community, our program will continue to offer opportunities to engage with current MLK Scholars, alumni, faculty, and staff. 

As apart of IC's Admission Application Filing Dates, MLK Scholar Finalists will need to communicate their decision to the college by May 1, 2021.