How to Apply

Who Is Eligible?

The MLK Scholar Program is open to academically talented U.S. citizens and permanent residents from ethnic and racial backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in U.S. higher education.

Follow these four steps to apply to become an MLK scholar:

1. Complete the MLK Scholar Program application in myIthaca. Click on the Scholarships tab to get started. The MLK Scholar Program application and two required essays must be completed by

  • November 1 if you are applying to Ithaca College as an early decision candidate;
  • December 1 if you are applying to Ithaca College as an early action candidate or as a regular decision candidate to a program in music or theatre arts; or
  • February 1 if you are applying to Ithaca College as a regular decision candidate (all programs except music or theatre arts). Transfer students are not eligible for the MLK Scholar Program.

2. Send a link to the recommendation form to someone who can tell us about your leadership, academic, and service experiences; the recommendation deadline is the same as your application deadline (e.g., November 1, December 1, or February 1).

3. Apply to Ithaca College via the Common Application. Auditions and interviews, which are required for certain majors, must also be completed.

4. Watch your mail. If you are selected as a finalist, you will be invited to an interview with us and participate in related programming on campus in late March.

For more information, contact:
Office of Admission
Ithaca College
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850-7000
(607) 274-3124 or (800) 429-4274