MCC expands MLK scholarship program to five awards

Time is of the essence for students who want to apply for the Chancellor’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship at Metropolitan Community College, which in 2018 will grow from one award to five.

The scholarship, previously awarded to a single student in MCC’s Early College program, will now be open to students collegewide, with a scholarship being awarded to a student on each of the five MCC campuses. The value of each award is $500.

First offered in 2015, the scholarship is awarded to students who show strong evidence of leadership and dedication to community service.

Queen Wilkes

Queen Wilkes was the first recipient. “I was ecstatic!” Wilkes said recently. “The MLK scholarship was used toward my first-year bachelor’s degree education and it really helped me out.” Wilkes, a student at the University of Denver, studied abroad this fall at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

Scholarship applications must be received by 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20. They can be mailed or emailed.

Criteria for eligibility:

To qualify for the Chancellor’s MLK Scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be a current MCC student in good standing.
  • Have a cumulative (overall) GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must plan to be enrolled for the Spring 2018 semester.  (The scholarship award will be directly applied to the student’s MCC account.)
  • Show evidence of leadership potential, as well as an interest and involvement in service to the MCC community and beyond.

Click here for the Chancellor’s MLK  Scholarship application for 2018.

The selection process is conducted by members from the MCC Commission on Equity and Inclusion.  The committee will review the applications, determine eligibility and make a final decision on the award recipients.

Scholarship winners will be honored Friday, Jan. 19, at a special luncheon featuring guest speaker Kevin Powell, a social justice advocate who gained national fame when he appeared on the first season of MTV’s “The Real World,” in 1992. Powell is also the author of 12 books.

Read more about the previous winners: Click here.

Every winter, MCC also honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King through a collegewide day of service.