Scholarship Information and Application

Rev. Dr. David A. Hollowell, Chair                                                                                   

Dr. Felicia Jamison, Chair Emeritus


The Martin Luther King Observance Committee

                               2023 Scholarship Program

Since 1986, the Martin Luther King Observance Committee of Morris County, New Jersey, in cooperation with the Morris Area Clergy Council has annually held a community-wide celebration to commemorate the birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor his legacy. The celebration provides an opportunity to revisit Dr. King’s vision and commitment to social justice and equality and to recommit the community’s efforts to actualizing this dream.

In the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy, the Martin Luther King Observance Committee is pleased to announce its King scholarship program to assist high school graduates from the class of 2023 in their pursuit of college or post-secondary education. The scholarship program’s primary goal is to support the educational attainment of students dedicated to the legacy of Dr. King as demonstrated through a record of community service and a future career commitment of service to others, including striving for ongoing involvement in combatting poverty, discrimination of every category, and other societal ills. Scholarship awards may vary, depending upon the MLK Scholarship Committee’s evaluation and ranking of applications according to merit and need.

The eligibility criteria are:

• Demonstrated commitment to the vision and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

• Outstanding record of community service

Residence or established connection with the Morris County community

• Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale

• Expected graduation from an accredited high school in 2023

• Acceptance by an institution of post-secondary education

The application deadline is Friday, April 14, 2023. It is anticipated that the scholarship recipients will be announced in early June, in time for the fall 2023 semester. Funds will be provided to the awardee upon confirmation of enrollment. Any questions may be directed to the Scholarship Committee as indicated below:


Contact    Dr. David A. Hollowell, Martin Luther King Observance Committee Chair Cell Phone     732-309-8894

The Martin Luther King Observance Committee

                               2023 Scholarship Application


  1. Prepare a short essay (500 words) or submit a creative project on the ideals and philosophies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and how you have attempted to emulate these qualities in your life. * 
  2. Describe your past and current community service involvement. * 
  3. Provide a brief description (200 words or less) of your future aspirations and goals. *
  4. Describe any special personal, financial, or other considerations which would be helpful in reviewing your application. * 

Additional documents to be submitted with the application:

*Indicates required information

  1. Two letters of recommendation from individuals (non-related) who can support the applicant’s involvement in community service and dedication to the vision and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. *
  2. A head shot of yourself (preferably a Senior/graduation photo) *
  3. Official High school transcript (Electronic Version Preferred) OR mailed in sealed envelope*
  4. Documentation of College acceptance*

Submit all materials by Friday, April 14, 2023, to:

MLK Observance Committee Scholarship Program

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