Program Overview

Citizenship and Service in the Global Community

The Martin Luther King Scholar Program is a dynamic learning community, developing future leaders and global citizens who are committed to promoting King’s legacy of social justice and equality in their personal and professional lives, engaging in public services, building bridges to other communities, and educating others with their international perspective.

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, the program challenges students to think critically, act compassionately, and give back to the world through service learning and scholarly research.

As an MLK scholar, you will...

  • Pursue social justice research and explore social justice policies during one domestic and three international trips.
  • Participate in scholarly seminars and interact with distinguished visitors and leading social justice experts.
  • Make a difference locally, nationally, and globally through service projects and research.
  • Gain leadership experience and the perspective you need to continue making positive change—no matter what your career path.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 and create a leadership portfolio you will contribute to each semester.
  • Receive up to full tuition in aid, with a minimum merit-based scholarship of $25,000.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“The MLK program has helped shape what I want to do in the future and the path that I want to lead now.”

—Maria Gonzalez

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