The MLK Scholarships are granted annually for students displaying social activism, community involvement, and service.

Nature of the Award

The Abilene Black Chamber of Commerce has established a scholarship to be awarded to African American students. The Annual MLK Banquet will serve as the funding source for the scholarship. Therefore, the amount of the Scholarship may vary from year to year.

Consistent with Dr. King's legacy, the most qualifying criteria for the Scholarship that students must demonstrate are social activism, community involvement and service. Such involvement builds strong lines of communication and is essential to the development of effective, lasting relationships that advance social change within a community.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars will be selected on the basis of demonstrated leadership; commitment to and involvement with social change; financial need; academic achievement; and acceptance/enrollment in a post high school institution of learning.

Qualifications for the MLK Scholarship:

In order to be eligible for the MLK Scholarship, an applicant must:

1. The Abilene Black Chamber of Commerce has established a scholarship to be awarded to any graduating seniors, black students specifically. 2. Have a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) GPA or higher 3. Plan to attend college full time (minimum of 12 semester hours) 4. Write an essay as directed in the "Written Essay section of the Scholarship Application

Students who wish to apply for this scholarship must:

1. Complete the MLK scholarship Application 2. Provide two letters of recommendations. (These letters of recommendation may be completed by any educator, minister, employer, etc. who knows the applicant.) 3. Mail completed application form with a copy of their official transcript postmarked by April 4, 2017 to the address on the last page of the application.

Selection Procedure

Final selection will be made by an appointed committee. The recipients will be chosen, and alternates will be selected in the event any of the recipients are not able to accept the scholarship. Recipients will be expected to participate in a brief interview prior to the event and to be present to receive their scholarship at the MLK Scholarship Banquet May 16, 2017 at the Ben E Keith reception hall.

Payment of the Scholarship

Payment of the scholarship will be made upon verification of enrollment in a college or university.

Click here to download the Scholarship Application (PDF).

Click here to donate to our scholarship fund.

2016 Scholarship

  • Joe Cole Jr.
  • Green Joseline Alexander
  • Ruissa Teta
  • Eric Hong-Hahn Bynum II
  • Jeremy Benard Ayers