The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship recognizes a Boston College junior who has demonstrated superior academic achievement, extracurricular leadership, community service, and involvement with the African American community and African American issues both on and off campus.

Scholarship recipients





2/22/22 Kudzai Kapurura Dr. Donald Brown Ed.D., Founder & President of Brown & Associates Education and Diversity Consulting, and Director of BC's Office of AHANA Student Programs, 1978-2005 BC News February 2022
 2/16/21   Latifat Odetunde Dr. M. Shawn Copeland, Professor Emerita of Systematic Theology and African and African Diaspora Studies, Boston College BC News February 2021
 2/6/20   Shakalah Thompson David R. Williams, the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, Harvard University BC News February 2020
 2/19/19   Thair Brown Vincent Rougeau, Dean of Boston College Law School BC News February 19, 2019
2/1/18 Anthony Smith L'Merchie Frazier, Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum of African American History, Boston BC News February 15, 2018
2/15/17 Akosua Opokua-Achampong Linda Dorcena Forry, Senator of Massachusetts representing the 1st Suffolk District BC News February 15, 2017
2/16/16 Chiamaka Okorie Rev. Gregory Carl Chisholm, S.J., Pastor of the Roman Catholic Church of St. Charles Borromeo/Resurrection Chapel in the Archdiocese of New York BC News February 24, 2016
2/17/15 Cai Thomas Valerie D. Lewis-Mosley ’79, Director of religious education at the Church of Christ the King in Jersey City, NJ and Vice President of the Social Justice Committee of Jersey City
BC Chronicle March 12, 2015
2/8/14 Patience Marks John H. Jackson, President and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education. BC Chronicle February 25, 2014
2/4/13 Philip McHarris Dr. Clayborne Carson, Ronnie Lott Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University BC Chronicle February 14, 2013
2/10/12 Sandra Dickson Charles J. Ogletree, Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice BC Chronicle February 16, 2012
2/15/11 Angela Donkor Rev. Dr. Evan C. Hines, Boston College Graduate '90 BC Chronicle March 3, 2011
2/3/10 Catherine Duarte Settie Warren, Boston Colege Graduate '93, was President of the UGBC and currently, first African American elected to the position of Mayor of the City of Newton Mass. BC Chronicle February 24, 2010
2/11/09 Gerrel Olivier Walter C. Carrington, former Ambassador to Nigeria and to Senegal BC Chronicle February 26, 2009
2/12/08 Eric Asuo-Mante Andrea J. Cabral '81, Sheriff of Suffolk County  
2/13/07 Jacqueline Grant Stephen J. Pemberton '89, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at BC Chronicle
March 1, 2007
2/15/06 Alexandria Bradshaw Nancy E. Norman, Director, Boston Public Health Commission  
2/23/05 Chikaelo Ibeabucci J. Keith Motley, Interim Chancellor, University of Massachusetts-Boston Chikaelo Ibeabucci and Father Leahy
2/17/04 Helina Teklehaimanot Rev. Allen Dwight Callahan, Baptist Minister and Former B.C. Theology Faculty Member, now in Brazil BC Chronicle
March 4, 2004
3/13/03 Roderkick L. Carey Rev. J. Glenn Murray, SJ., Director of the Diocese of Cleveland's Office for Pastoral Liturgy.  
2/19/02 Rufus L. Caine III Reverend Calvin 0. Butts III, D. Min., Pastor Abyssinan Baptist Church, NY, NY  
2/13/01 Tiffany Griffin Janet Helms, Professor, Counseling/Dev/Psych,Lynch School of Education  
2/9/00 Alvin Barnett Rev. Michael Louis Pfleger, Pastor, Preacher, Parent, Lecturer, Activist Alvin Barnett with Father Leahy
2/9/99 Saya Hillman Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond, Pastor, Betherl A.M.E. Church  
2/11/98 Alison Harriott Joseph A. Brown, S.J., Author, Consultant, Lecturer  
2/11/97 Simeon Buresch Rev. Michael Haynes, Pastor, Twelfth Baptist Church and friend of MLK  
2/20/96 Rizwan Jamal Darcel Clark, First MLK Scholarship Recipient Rizwan Jamal and Father Monan
2/15/95 Leonardine A. Pacombe Julianne Malveaux, Ph.D., Eonomist, Author, Syndicated Columnist  
2/2/94 Okey Mbawuike TBA  
2/2/94 Nancy Joseph Ralph Wiley, Author, Journalist, Lecturer  
2/10/93 Sandra Jean-Louis TBA  
2/10/93 Natasha Grigger Delores E. Cross, Ph.D., President, Chicago State Univ. BC Chronicle
February 18, 1993
2/12/92 Nique Henry Julian Earls, Director, Health Services NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH BC Chronicle
February 18, 1993
2/11/91 Lucia Thomas Rev. Samuel Proctor, Pastor, Abyssinan Baptist Church, NY, NY  
3/21/90 Candace (Candi) N. Nichols Rep. John Lewis, GA Representative, Civil rights activist  
2/15/89 Raymond Sykes Mary Francis Berry, U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Raymond Sykes Article
2/22/88 France Kevin Bowers Marie Gadsen, Deputy Director, Nat'l Assn. Equal Employment Opportunity in Higher Ed., Oxfam America Bd. of Trustees BC BiWeekly
2/1/87 No award given.
Carlos Brito, Donna Graham, and Gaylord Taylor received special recognition
Lorraine Hale, Executive Dir., Hale House (a NYC center for drug-addicted infants) BC Biweekly
February 26, 1987

Gaylord Taylor Article
2/24/86 Maritza Skelton Hassan Minor, Managing Director, The Corp. for Boston Maritza Skelton Article
2/25/85 Maya Handwerk Martin Luther King, III Maya Handwerk Article
2/1/84 Francois Dumont Rep. Saundra Graham, MA State Representative Francois Dumont Article
2/1/83 Stephanye A. Redd Robert Drinan, S.J., Former Congressman, Boston College Law School Dean, 1956-70 BC Biweekly
February 3, 1983
2/2/82 Darcel Clark Wayne Budd, Attorney, Boston College Bd. of Trustees BC Biweekly
February 4, 1982