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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship

Purpose

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an African-American clergyman and civil rights leader, was born in 1928 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was an active Baptist minister and a moving orator who gained national prominence by advocating passive resistance to segregation. Some examples of his work include a year-long boycott (1955-56) against the segregated bus lines in Montgomery, Alabama, the creation of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference as a base for nonviolent marches, protests, and demonstrations for Black rights, the 1963 March at Washington D.C. and the 1965 voter registration drive in Selma, Alabama. In recognition for his contributions to society, Dr. King Jr. was awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize. He continued his work throughout the late 1960's with opposition to the war in Vietnam and other efforts against economic discrimination. In 1968, while planning a multiracial Poor People's March in support of antipoverty legislation, he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship program was established in 1985 at UIC to recognize underrepresented students who have demonstrated high academic achievement and have shown a commitment to civil rights and social justice through community service. In an effort to keep Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.'s dream alive, these meritorious and/or monetary awards are given to undergraduates, graduates and professional students.

Award

Fifteen $2,000 undergraduate scholarships, five $5,000 graduate fellowships, and five $5,000 professional fellowships will be awarded for the 2014 - 2015 academic year.

Criteria

Undergraduate Students Must

  • Be currently enrolled at UIC; and
  • Have completed at least one semester at UIC; and
  • Be considered an underrepresented citizen or resident alien as defined by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (African American, Hispanic, Asian American, American Indian or Alaskan Native, women, persons with disabilities, and students identified as first-generation college participants). For more information, visit: IBHE and
  • Have a current cumulative UIC GPA of at least a 3.0 (4.0 scale); and
  • Be at the junior or senior student level by the start of the Fall 2014; and
  • Maintain full-time enrollment for the 2014 - 2015 academic year; and
  • Be a citizen or resident alien as defined by the federal government (for more specific information, visit http://www.uic.edu/depts/financialaid/scholarships.shtml ); and
  • Have no disciplinary record in the Office of the Dean of Students; and
  • Not be a UIC employee (student workers and graduate assistants are eligible)

Graduate and Professional Student Must:

  • Be currently enrolled at UIC; and
  • Have completed at least one semester at UIC as a graduate/professional student; and
  • Be considered an underrepresented citizen or resident alien as defined by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (African American, Hispanic, Asian American, American Indian or Alaskan Native, women, persons with disabilities, and students identified as first-generation college participants). For more information, visit: IBHE; and
  • Demonstrate a high level of academic achievement (as determined by the appropriate UIC department or college); and
  • Maintain full-time enrollment for the 2014 - 2015 academic year; and
  • Not be a past graduate or professional student recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship; and
  • Be a citizen or resident alien as defined by the federal government (for more specific information, visit http://www.uic.edu/depts/financialaid/scholarships.shtml); and
  • Have no disciplinary record in the Office of the Dean of Students; and
  • Not be a UIC employee (student workers and graduate assistants are eligible)

Note: This award may impact other campus-based financial aid. Consultation with the Financial Aid Office will be done prior to the distribution of any monetary award.

General Instructions

  • The personal statement must include information about the applicant's career objectives, plans for graduate or professional study, and community/campus service activities.
  • One of the two letters of recommendation MUST be from a faculty member who has taught the student in the classroom and/or laboratory setting, and can assess the student's potential for graduate study.
  • Applicants authorize the release of their academic record by completing this online application. The Selection Committee will print an unofficial transcript to be used in evaluating this application.

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