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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship

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 2024 scholarship ceremony will take place on Friday, January 19 from 7:30 - 9:30 am at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center.

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We invite the Moreno Valley and Inland Empire community to attend the scholarship ceremony and breakfast on Friday, January 19 from 7:30 - 9:30 am at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center, 14075 Frederick St., Moreno Valley, CA 92553

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Making Education Possible

The 2024 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Ceremony will mark 11 years of celebrating 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.

  • Purchase individual tickets at Admissions & Records in the Welcome Center building. Tickets are $65 for general attendees and $50 for enrolled students.
  • Purchase sets of tickets, sponsor and donate, or buy advertisement space with the MLK interest form. You will be invoiced.

Support Scholarship Opportunities


We invite you to join us in community and celebration. At this year's scholarship ceremony, you'll not only enjoy a delicious breakfast, but engaging entertainment.
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Spoken Word

Listen to a fabulous spoken word performance by Candace Norton, a Moreno Valley College student.
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Saxophone Performance

Enjoy phenomenal musical performances by accomplished saxophonist J. Boykin.
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Reading of MLK

Hear words from Saul Lankster, III. Lankster is a Congressional Gold Medal honoree and participated in the historic civil rights marches.

Legacy Award

Kym Taylor, an African American Parent Involvement Specialist for Moreno Valley Unified School District, will be honored with the Moreno Valley College’s Legacy Award at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast & Scholarship Ceremony.
Kym Taylor
For the past 25 years, Taylor has championed student development and leadership opportunities for local Black youth in the community and throughout the Inland Empire region.
Read more about Taylor

2023-24 Scholarship

Submissions are being accepted for the 2023-24 competition. Awards for MVC students and high school students are available.

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.

Nominate for the Legacy Award

  • 2024: Peace, Love, Justice
  • 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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