Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Scholarship

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Inspired by the belief that love and peaceful protest can eliminate social, political and economic injustice, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., became this nation’s most heralded civil right leader. He aroused blacks and whites alike to protest racial discrimination, war and poverty. A champion of nonviolent resistance to oppression, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Dr. King’s life ended at the age of 39 on April 4, 1968 when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. However short his life, he greatly advanced the cause of civil rights in this nation. His life serves as encouragement to each of us to do all that we can to end injustice.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Scholarships will be awarded each year to area high school seniors (regardless of ethnicity) who actively embrace Dr. King’s dream of improving racial harmony and social justice. The scholarship award(s) will be at least $1,000 and are non-renewable. The scholarship award(s) will be presented at the annual Great Lakes Bay Regional Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration program to be held in January.


Do I qualify?

  • Must be a high school senior in Bay, Midland or Saginaw County, Michigan (regardless of ethnicity)
  • Have a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Must have plans to attend a 2-year and/or 4-year degree granting academic or vocational program


What do I need to do?

  • Write a one page, essay that demonstrates how you have actively engaged in activities and efforts to make Dr. King’s “Dream” of equality a reality, and what you will do in the future to keep Dr. King’s “Dream” alive. (Essay tab)
  • Provide two letters of recommendation- should not include family members, but individuals who are significantly aware of the student’s accomplishments. (Submission tab)
  • Provide evidence of direct involvement in activities that are aimed at bridging the gap between the races, promoting racial harmony and equality, and improving awareness and understanding of cultural diversity. (Activities tab)
  • Provide a copy of academic transcript (to be uploaded on the Submission tab)
  • Submit the completed electronic application by October 31, 2019.
  • Participate in all events and activities associated with this scholarship.


How will I be evaluated? The selection criteria evaluates:

  • Your essay in terms of originality, awareness of Dr. King’s life, and the realistic outcome of your essay’s idea(s)
  • Your two letters of recommendation
  • Your awards/honors related to accomplishments in leadership and improving racial harmony
  • Your activities related to leadership, commitment and impact

Login to the application via the link below and search for “MLK Regional Scholarship” to begin the application. If you have not applied for scholarships at Saginaw Community Foundation in the past, you will need to create a login and password. Note: it may take up to two (2) business days for your new registration to be approved before access to the application will be allowed.

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