College Planning Guide

The Martin Luther King Scholar Program

Ithaca's Martin Luther King Scholar Program is an interdisciplinary learning community that emphasizes citizenship and service in the global community.

Each year we accept up to 15 outstanding students whose intellectual curiosity and commitment to community service reflect Dr. King's ideals.

MLK scholars enjoy special research and travel experiences -- like recent trips to South Korea and Spain.

They also receive a minimum merit-based scholarship of $25,000 annually for four years.

Ithaca graduate Julie Perng says being an MLK scholar helped her win a Fulbright grant to China. "Being an MLK scholar gave me a much broader and more intense educational experience than I would have had otherwise," Perng says. "The program was invaluable to me."

How do you qualify?

  • You must be in the top 10 percent of your high school graduating class and be part of an ethnic or racial group that has been historically underrepresented in American higher education.
  • You must have highly competitive SAT scores.
  • And you must be actively involved in community service.

Got what it takes? Visit the program website for more information and to apply.