2024 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Essay Contest
A total of *$27,500 in scholarship awards will be presented to eight finalists:
- 1st Place receives $10,000
- 2nd Place receives $7,500
- 3rd Place receives $5,000
*Awards of $1,000 will be presented to five honorable mentions.
Essay Contest Rules & Eligibility
The 2024 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 13, 2024.
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Incomplete applications WILL NOT be considered. Prior scholarship winners are ineligible to apply.
In January 2024, the City of Dallas will host its 41st annual celebration of the life and 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 Parade.