2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest

2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Essay Contest

The City of Dallas is pleased to announce the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest! The contest will award eight scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $6,000 (per award) to graduating high school seniors accepted into a college-level educational institution (two-year college, four-year college, or trade school).

Essay Contest Rules & Eligibility 

The 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest is open to High School Seniors attending a City of Dallas High School. These Scholarships are to help defray the cost of tuition, books, room and board, etc. Winners will be required to submit a short video of their scholarship acceptance and will be formally recognized at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship & Awards Gala on Saturday, January 15, 2022.

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 17, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. via submission portal.

One essay per student. Essays must be original, typed, double-spaced, and should not exceed 1,000 words.

The cover sheet must contain the student’s name, school, home/cellular phone number, address, and email address (do not include this information in the body of the essay).

Essays will be judged based on organization, content, voice, creativity, and grammatical structure.

Prior scholarship winners are ineligible to apply.

2022 Essay Theme: “What Is In Your Life’s Blueprint?

The following video of Dr. King was recorded at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia, PA on October 26, 1967. Dr. King posed the following question to those students nearly 55 years ago:

2022 Essay Prompt: “Dignity, Worth, and Somebodiness: What’s Your Life’s Blueprint?”

Describe a social injustice, inequality, or human rights issue you would like to solve as it relates to one’s “Dignity, Worth, and Somebodiness: What’s Your Life’s Blueprint?”

​Apply Here!


2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week

In January 2022, the City of Dallas will host its 40th annual celebration of the life an legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a weeks’ worth of events highlighting issues of equity, diversity, and opportunity. The week will include a Day of Prayer, a Day of Service, a Wreath Laying Ceremony, Job Fair, Equity Symposium, Youth Summit, and Scholarship & Awards Gala. Celebration week will culminate with the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Virtual Parade.

Click here to learn more about 2022 MLK Celebration Week!