Martin Luther King, Jr.


Nature of 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. 


  1. The Abilene Black Chamber of Commerce has established a scholarship to be awarded to any graduating senior, 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. 

Application Procedure:

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 an educator, minister, employer, etc. who knows the applicant.)
  3. Mail completed application form with a copy of their official transcript postmarked by May 11th 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 receiving their scholarship. 

Payment of the Scholarship:

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

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