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Scholarship Application

martin luther king, jr., memorial committee at boston college

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. The finalists will each be honored with a $1,000 gift certificate to the Boston College Bookstore. The winner will receive a scholarship of up to $19,000 toward senior year tuition, and the other finalists will each receive a $3,000 tuition scholarship.

A selection committee composed of faculty members, staff, and administrators reviews all applications. Finalists are selected on the basis of two main criteria:

  1. Academic accomplishments as evidenced by strong grades, an ambitious selection of courses, and the integration of academic interests with personal goals; and
  2. Participation and leadership in activities, on campus or off, that serve others and help strengthen the African American community and promote its contributions to the larger American society.

Requirements for Candidates

To be considered, you must be:

  • a full-time Boston College junior
  • a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • in good academic standing, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • active in community service to the African American and wider communities on and/or off campus
  • involved with African American issues and the African American community

Selection Process

Selection of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship winner will be made by a Selection Committee consisting of staff, faculty, alumni, and students.

Preliminary Applications

A preliminary application form (available in Word or PDF format) should be completed and submitted along with a comprehensive resume or list of activities to Agnes Jordan at by Monday, October 15 (Extended Deadline). Submission by e-mail is preferred.

Statement of Certification and Release

All applications must also include a signed Certification and Release statement in order to be considered.

Interview round

The strongest of the preliminary applicants as determined by the committee will be invited for a committee interview. They will also be asked to submit a supplementary essay on the meaning of Martin Luther King's legacy in their own lives and two letters of recommendation: one from someone familiar with their extracurricular or service activities, and one from a dean or instructor commenting on their academic work. The finalists and the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship winner will be selected from those interviewed.

Announcement of Scholarship Winner

Finalists will be notified in late January. The announcement of the winner will be made at the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ceremony in February.


Completed preliminary applications (available in Word or PDF format) must be submitted to:

Agnes Jordan (
Office of Student Services
Lyons Hall, 103

by Monday, October 15, 2018 (Extended Deadline). Submission by e-mail is preferred, but hard copy applications will also be accepted.


You can download the preliminary application (available in Word or PDF format), or find hard copies available from Agnes Jordan.

Contact Information

For more information about the scholarship, contact:

Agnes Jordan
Office of Student Services
Lyons Hall, 103
(617) 552-1833

Committee Members

Joseph Burns and Agnes Jordan, Co-chairs
Adrienne Nussbaum
Patricia Birch
Michael Davidson
Susan Michalczyk