The MLK Memorial Breakfast Committee strives to promote the work of Dr. King and one such way is to provide scholarships to deserving students. The Committee awards $2,500 scholarships.

Seniors at the following three Boston Public High Schools may apply:

  • Jeremiah E. Burke High School
  • John D. O’Bryant School for Mathematics and Science
  • Madison Park Technology and Vocational High School
Eligible applicants at these participating schools may contact their guidance counselor for the application.

Now Accepting Applications

DEADLINE: December 10, 2021.

For information about submitting your application, please speak with your school/guidance counselor from the eligible Boston Public High Schools.

These scholarships are open to all seniors (twelfth-graders who are scheduled to graduate in June 2022). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to make a number of changes to our event, to allow this annual celebration of the life and work of Dr. King to go forward while keeping everyone safe. Regarding the scholarships, we are making the following changes:

  • We have upgraded our website, creating a scholarship portal to enable us to distribute the scholarship applications. Access to our website scholarship portal will be sent to you in the near-term, once the portal is available. We will also contact you to address any questions and to ensure that you can access the website portal.
  • This portal will also be the means for students to submit their applications, and for us to communicate with school counselors and with the scholarship applicants.

MLK Scholarship Requirements

Below are the general requirements to apply for MLK Breakfast scholarships. Each application will be reviewed and ranked by the MLK Breakfast Committee. Students must meet the academic requirements, and provide both a personal statement and an essay addressing the question noted below.

The deadline for scholarship application submission is December 10, 2021. All applications must be sent via email to the MLK Breakfast Committee at this address:

Academic requirements:
Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher. The GPA should be based on grades through November 1, 2021. Applicants must be on track to graduate high school in June 2022.

Personal Statement:
Please provide a 1,000-word personal statement (no longer than two pages) about yourself, including extracurricular activities that you are participating in. Extracurriculars may include after-school clubs, sports, church and community activities, part-time jobs, and household responsibilities. In short, your personal statement should tell us about yourself and your career goals.

Please write an essay approximately three (3) pages or 1500 words on the following question: Throughout years from 1954 to 2021, Black women have been a significant part of the struggle for civic engagement and racial justice. Discuss why is it important to recognize the contribution of women, and who are the women that stand out to you as change-makers in the struggle for social justice? What were the effective lessons and strategies they offered?

Scholarship Submissions

For information about submitting your application, please speak with your school/guidance counselor from the eligible Boston Public High Schools.

St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church
1073 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02120
Tel: (617) 427-6175

Union United Methodist Church
485 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
Tel: (617) 536-0872