MLK, Jr. Commission Scholarship and Essay Contest

The Greater Lansing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission is pleased to announce our 2017 High School Scholarship Contest! All Greater Lansing Area 6th-8th and 9th-11th graders are welcome to enter. Please download the permission slip and guidelines found at the bottom of this page. First place ($500), second ($350) and third place ($150). Awards will be given for both categories. 


A total of $17,500 in awards is available to graduating seniors of the Greater Lansing area pursuing higher education.

The Commission will award TWO (2) $5,000 and THREE (3) $2,500 scholarships. All applications that meet the minimum requirements will be considered for all awards.



“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
---Martin Luther King, Jr. 1965

To Enter:

  • Be a graduating senior, Class of 2017, from a Greater Lansing area school
  • Possess a 2.0 or higher career GPA (verification required).
  • Submit a personal narrative expounding on theme, clearly defining their community and/or civic activities, and indicate why they feel they should be considered for the scholarship.
  • The narrative must be 250 – 450 words typed double spaced, and 12 point font.
  • Award recipients must submit an electronic version of the narrative to the Commission upon notification of award. 
  • Two letters of recommendation.
Application deadline is Friday, December 2, 2016 (post marked).