Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship – North Carolina Association of Educators


The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Program was established in 1992 by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) Minority Affairs Commission under the sponsorships of the Human and Civil Rights Committee. The NCAE continues to provide the scholarships to deserving high school seniors in partnership with the North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children (NCFPSC).

Award Information:

Amount: Varies
Number of Scholarship Awards: The total number of scholarship awards is determined by the amount of money received annually from the proceeds from NCAE and NCFPSC.
Deadline: March 31
GPA: Check the official website for more details
Major: Applicants are not required to pursue a specific major or field of study
Eligible Students: North Carolina residents who are enrolled in a North Carolina public high school in their senior year.

Application Process:

1. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you may get a copy of the application form through any of the following ways:
a. www.NCAE.org
b. www.NCFPSC.org
c. From your school’s counselor’s office

2. Complete the application form by providing the requested information.

3. Include a copy of your official transcript with a cumulative unweighted GPA of at least 2.5 (electronic transcripts must have an electronic signature and will only be accepted upon receipt of a letter from your guidance counselor).
a. If sent electronically, please include a page stating “TRANSCRIPT SENT ELECTRONICALLY)
b. An official transcript must be embossed, signed and sealed in an envelope.

4. Provide two (2) recommendation letters
a. One letter must come from a school personnel;
b. The other letter must be from your community (not a family member).
Note: Signed recommendation letters must be returned to the applicant in a sealed envelope and must be submitted along with the other application requirements.

5. Mail your completed application package to:

NCAE Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship
c/o Human and Civil Rights Commission – Derevana Leach
P.O. Box 27347
Raleigh, NC 27611

Electronic materials can be emailed to Derevana Leach at [email protected]

Selection Criteria:

A screening committee will evaluate all submitted applications and will select the award recipients selected based on the following criteria:

• Character
• Participating in community and school activities
• Scholastic achievement

Award Disbursement:

The award money will only be released during the fall and spring semesters of the recipient’s freshman year. The recipient must notify the NCAE of enrollment from the college/university of his/her choice by mailing official proof of enrollment (such as an official letter of acceptance and/or class schedule). Proof of enrollment must also indicate the recipient’s student ID number as well as provide the college/university’s mailing address. The recipient must notify NCAE of an enrollment into an accredited college/university by October 31st of the fall semester and January 31st of the spring semester.

Note: The award money will not be released if the deadlines are not met.

Contact Information:

North Carolina Association of Educators
700 South Salisbury Street,
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (800) 662-7924
Website: www.ncae.org

North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children
115-B East Council Street
Salisbury, NC 28114
Phone: (704) 633-6466
Website: http://ncfpsc.org

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