The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship is awarded to entering first-year students on the basis of academic performance and extracurricular participation in secondary school, outstanding community involvement and demonstrated financial need. Approximately 10-15 students receive the scholarship each year. MLK Fellows are generally under-represented in college as first-generation college students, students of color, and/or have high demonstrated financial need.

To learn about past community service projects and to meet current MLK Fellows, please visit the Academic Services Office

Perks of the Program:

  • Access to individualized academic and personal advising.
  • Opportunities to attend a wide range of workshops and events to enhance their academic, personal, and professional development.

Program Details:

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How to be considered

There is no application for this scholarship beyond the admission application, FAFSA, and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

Program Logistics

Recipients of the scholarship are expected to continue the tradition of giving back and leadership in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through community service opportunities. They play a large role in the planning and implementation of the annual MLK Day of Interfaith Service. MLK Fellows can be found in many of the Waltham Group organizations, participating both through direct service opportunities and as Coordinators. The Fellows also participate in regular community service projects together from cleaning up the Charles River to preparing meals at Community Servings.

The group has an internal student leadership board, which also helps to plan social and education events for both the Fellowship Community and the larger Brandeis Campus. Past events have included a dialogue on race in the media and a presentation on stereotypes surrounding homelessness. These programs give the MLK Fellows the opportunity to put their values into action by inspiriting positive change in the broader community.