2020 MLK Essay Contest

We would like to invite students to apply for the 2020 MLK Scholarship Gala & Award Essay Contest. The contest is open to high school and college students who live in the City of Dallas. 

The essay must be original, and will be evaluated on organization, content, syntax, grammar, and overall conformity to the event theme: “Linking Many Cultures Together for One Dream.” All essays must be typed and follow APA formatting.

All applications must be submitted by 5 p.m., Friday, December 6, 2019. If a student is chosen as the winner, the student will be notified by Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Please note that essay contest winners will be asked to attend and participate in three events hosted by the City of Dallas during the MLK Commemorative Celebration Week:

1. MLK Candlelight Ceremony (Friday, January 17, 2020)

2. MLK Scholarship Gala (Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in downtown Dallas-there will be a ticket for the student and one (1) guest);

3. The 2020 MLK March/Parade (Monday, January 20, 2020)

Incomplete applications WILL NOT be considered. 

Link to online application: https://app.keysurvey.com/f/1446296/def5/

Download: 2020 MLK Scholarship Essay Contest Application

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Should you have any questions, please send an email to info@dallasmlkcenter.com.


Sponsorship funding will support the implementation of community events and the
development of a scholarship fund, with scholarships to be presented at the Gala.
Sponsorship benefits and levels are outlined in the attached packet. Sponsorship forms should be
submitted by Friday, December 20, 2019. 

Download our 2020 MLK Sponsorship Packet.

Sponsorship Levels

  • Presenting: $25,000+
  • Platinum: $10,000+
  • Gold: $5,000+
  • Silver: $2,500+
  • Bronze: $1,000+
  • Supporter: $250+ (before December 1, 2019)

If you have any questions about sponsorship, please contact Jamel Slaughter,
Ph.D., Program Administrator for the Office of Community Care, at (214) 671-5117 or via email


Donated funds will enable the City to provide the week’s events to the public free of charge, except for the Scholarship Gala, which requires a ticket purchase. Beyond providing support to the events of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week, donations will also support the development of the City of Dallas’ new Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund. Scholarships will be presented at the 38th annual gala event.