2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Essay Contest
Essay Contest Rules & Eligibility
- The 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest is open to; 1. High School Seniors attending a City of Dallas High School; and 2. First-Year students (must have a permanent address within the City of Dallas) accepted into a collegiate educational institution (two-year college, four-year college, or trade school). These Scholarships are to help defray the cost of tuition, books, room and board, etc. Winners will be formally recognized at the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship & Awards Gala on Saturday, January 23, 2021.
- Submission Deadline: Thursday, January 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. via submission portal.
- One essay per student. Essays must be original, typed, and double-spaced; high school essays should not exceed 1,000 words and college essays should not exceed 1,500 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.
Essay Theme: “The Fierce Urgency of Now”
“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., 1963
Describe a social justice problem, concern, or issue you would like to solve as it relates to “The Fierce Urgency of Now.” It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma – anything that is of personal importance. Explain its significance to you and what steps you can take to identify a solution.
Incomplete applications WILL NOT be considered.