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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship

Tickets are sold out!

Tickets to this year's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Award Ceremony are SOLD OUT. Thank you to all who will attend on January 20! If you'd like to support scholarship opportunities anyway, donations continue to be accepted.

Education for All

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Award Ceremony and Competition is one of three competitive scholarships offered by Moreno Valley College (MVC). The MLK Scholarship has been assisting MVC and local high school students with their educational expenses since 2013.

The 2023 scholarship ceremony will take place on Friday, January 20 from 7:30 - 9:30 am at Moreno Valley College.

Celebrating 10 Years Donation Opportunities (pdf)

Join MVC

We invite the Moreno Valley and Inland Empire community to attend the scholarship ceremony and breakfast on Friday, January 20 from 7:30 - 9:30 am at Moreno Valley College in the Student Academic Services Building, Room 121. Parking will be free the morning of the event.

  • Tickets have been sold out. For questions, contact Admissions & Records at
  • Sponsor a table, donate or assist with future scholarship awards using the sponsorship form.
The Great American Divide is the theme for this year

This year's theme is The Great American Divide.

Celebrating 10 Years

The 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Ceremony will mark the 10 year anniversary of this celebration of achievement, social justice, and community. To date, the MLK scholarship has provided thousands of dollars to students in cash scholarships to push them to greater heights and broaden their financial and educational opportunities. We hope to be able to continue to do so for many years to come.

Tickets and Sponsorship Opportunities (pdf)

Legacy Sponsors

Thank you to the 2023 MLK Legacy Sponsors for your support of student achievement and community advancement. With your assistance, and those of our other amazing sponsors, we can continue to provide meaningful opportunities for students in Moreno Valley.
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2022-23 Scholarship Closed

Submissions are now closed. Thank you to all the students who have sent in applications; your responses are being reviewed by our panel of judges.

Scholarship Competition

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo by Dick DeMarsico, World Telegram staff photographer.
Dr. King was at the forefront of the Civil Rights movement in the United States of America.

About Dr. King

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist who had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s. 

Among his many efforts, King headed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Through his activism and inspirational speeches, he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African American citizens in the United States, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 


Event History

Learn about prior themes and legacy award recipients.
  • 2023: The Great American Divide
  • 2022: A Time for Peace
  • 2021: The Winds of Change: Addressing Opportunity Gaps
  • 2020: Sands of Time: The Need for a "Maladjusted" America
  • 2019: Passing the Baton "To Keep the Pressure Alive"
  • 2018: Stay Woke: "Don't Sleep Through the Revolution"
  • 2017: Answering the Knock at Midnight
  • 2016: Drum Majors for Justice
  • 2015: Reflections on Letter from Birmingham Jail
  • 2014: Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 2013: Beyond the Dream: Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 2022: Honored the memory and work of Dr. Oliver Thompson and Dr. Donna Colondres
  • 2021: Cordell Briggs, Ph.D.
  • 2020: Judy White, Ed.D.
  • 2019: Hardy, Sr. and Cheryl Brown
  • 2018: Woodie Rucker-Hughes


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