Multicultural Affairs

MLK Scholar Program

The Martin Luther King Scholar Program is open to academically talented students from ethnic and racial backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in American higher education. Each MLK Scholar receives up to full tuition in aid, with a minimum merit-based scholarship of $25,000.  Selection to the program occurs simultaneously with the Ithaca College admission process.  The benefits of this prestigious program go far beyond the financial, however. As a member of this dynamic, interdisciplinary community, students focus on building the skills and perspectives they need to live King's legacy -- no matter what their chosen career path.

Through a collaborative mentoring process, they are challenged to connect their academic coursework with a related social justice research project. MLK Scholars travel the globe to gather data, and link their research to real-world service right here in Ithaca. Students have the opportunity to present their research findings at various venues across campus and the around the country. It's an intense and rewarding undergraduate experience you won't find anywhere else. 

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If you would like to read an Ithaca Times article on the MLK Scholar Program and its impact on the current scholars, visit The Ithaca Times.