MLK Scholarship

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center Board and Staff would like to invite students to participate in the 37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration by applying for the MLK Commemorative Essay Contest. The contest is open to elementary, middle, high school and college students who live in or near the Dallas area. DISD students are strongly encouraged to apply.

High school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students will have the opportunity to win a financial scholarship ranging from $500-$2,500. Elementary, middle school, and high school students between 9-11th grade will have the opportunity to win electronics such as laptops and tablets or sponsored attendance to a local S.T.E.A.M.-themed summer camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).

The deadline to submit your application is December 19, 2018.

Essay Contest – Elementary

Essay Contest – Middle School

Essay Contest – High School

Essay Contest – Undergrad Grad

How to apply:

  1. Download the application to your computer. If attempts are made to complete the application without downloading first, the information will not be saved.
  2. Complete all fields on the application and draft an essay for consideration.
  3. After the application and essay are complete, submit via email to
  4. The subject line for the email should read “2019 MLK [CATEGORY] Essay Submission – [Your Name]. For example: “2019 MLK MIDDLE SCHOOL Essay Submission – John Hancock”

Should you have any questions, please contact the MLK, Jr. Community Center main office at (214) 670-8418 or via email at