MLK Scholarship Program Overview

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an African-American clergyman and civil rights leader, was born in Atlanta, Ga., in 1928. An active Baptist minister and a moving orator, Dr. King gained national prominence by advocating passive resistance to segregation and leading a year-long boycott (1955–56) against the segregated bus lines in Montgomery, Ala.

Dr. King set up the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for nonviolent marches, protests, and demonstrations for black rights such as the 1963 March on Washington, D.C., and the 1965 voter registration drive in Selma, Ala. He was awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize. In the late 1960s, he intensified his opposition to the war in Vietnam and to economic discrimination. In 1968 Dr. King was shot and killed in Memphis, Tenn., while planning a multiracial Poor People’s March for antipoverty legislation. 

Learn more about Dr. King's life at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.


The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholarship for Community Service recognizes an outstanding student at UT Southwestern who exemplifies the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work for social and political justice through community service.

Selection will be based on the applicant’s personal statement, recommendations, and demonstrated commitment to community/campus service.


The Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholarship for Community Service is open to all students currently attending UT Southwestern Medical SchoolUT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, or UT Southwestern School of Health Professions. More information about the application requirements and process can be found on MyUTSW, UT Southwestern's intranet. 


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