MLK Scholarships and Awards

In honor of the Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Breakfast, the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services invites nominations for the following awards:

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Scholarship

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Award

  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Award Information
    • Open to all Faculty, A&P and USPS employees.
    • Nominees should:
      • Exemplify the goals and ideals of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
      • Show considerable involvement in community service.
      • Provide exemplary service to students, staff and the University.
      • A previous recipient cannot be nominated for two years following the receipt of the award, however, previous nominees who did not receive the award, may be nominated again.
    • Self-nominations must include letter(s) of support and a resume outlining your accomplishments.
    • Nominations must include a letter(s) of support from the nominator and the nominee's resume outlining their accomplishment.
    • The winner will receive:
      • Recognition at the MLK Commemorative Breakfast
      • An MLK Medallion at the MLK Speaker's Reception
      • A check in the amount of $250

    The winner will be notified in December and invited to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Reception, the MLK Breakfast and the MLK Youth Forum/Peace Walk.

    The deadline to submit nominations and letter of support for the Service Award is due in early November

  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Award Winner

    Isra Abrahim Amin - Peace Winner

    I am self-nominating myself to share with the committee what I aspire and hope to achieve at FIU, South Florida, and beyond. My name is Isra Amin Ibrahim. I am Muslim Black student, activist, and community organizer. The ideals of social justice promoted by Rev. Martin Luther King speak to the daily struggles and achievements of oppressed people wherever they are and however they come. As an FIU student, I co-founded the first Muslim chaplaincy office, Muslims at FIU, in the state of Florida of a public university. My vision was to provide Muslim student’s access to a Muslim chaplain as part of the Multifaith board. The purpose was to work cohesively with FIU Muslim students, the Muslim World Studies program, and collaborate with the Muslim organizations working to push for civil rights. I was also FIU's 2016 TEDx student speaker where I spoke about the intersections of my identity as a daughter of immigrants, a Black woman, and a Muslim, and illuminating the ways where people connect to advance interfaith and multicultural understandings of one another. I am also a 2018-2019 Young People for (YP4) fellow, a national class of young leaders and activists, working to create Blueprints for Social Justice for civil rights, gender liberation, and spiritual resistance. As an FIU student leader today, it is my wish to create an FIU student social justice coalition on campus to work with the administration and Student Government to communicate the broader needs of our most marginalized student groups for greater resources.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award

  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award Information
    • Open to all Faculty, A&P and USPS employees.
    • Nominees should:
      • Exemplify the goals and ideals of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
      • Show considerable involvement in community service.
      • Provide exemplary service to students, staff and the University.
      • A previous recipient cannot be nominated for two years following the receipt of the award, however, previous nominees who did not receive the award, may be nominated again.
    • Self-nominations must include letter(s) of support and a resume outlining your accomplishments.
    • Nominations must include a letter(s) of support from the nominator and the nominee's resume outlining their accomplishment.
    • The winner will receive:
      • Recognition at the MLK Commemorative Breakfast
      • An MLK Medallion at the MLK Speaker's Reception
      • A check in the amount of $250

    The winner will be notified in December and invited to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Reception, the MLK Breakfast and the MLK Youth Forum/Peace Walk.

    The deadline to submit nominations and letter of support for the Service Award is due in early November

  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award Winner

    Iqbal S. Akhtar - Service Winner


    At FIU, Iqbal has been instrumental in starting both the Muslim World Studies program as well as the Western Indian Ocean Program. He is an especially trusted mentor to international students of color in Religious Studies and PIR. His warmth and generosity extends to our staff and colleagues as well.  However, the most stunning and remarkable contribution Iqbal makes to carry on Dr. King's legacy is that he has deeply involved himself in bettering the Brownsville community in Miami. He and his wife, Zafreen, bought a house in Brownsville. They have recently won a $19,000 grant from the Miami Foundation to create a free and open community garden for local residents to grow and harvest fresh produce, to mitigate the fact that the area is a "food desert." He has lobbied the city government to donate the land to create the garden. Moreover, he recently partnered with another foundation to acquire 10 mango trees to plant in the space. In the meantime, Iqbal and his wife volunteer with several shelters for battered women and provide groceries for their less fortunate neighbors. Iqbal's kindness and generosity of spirit are incomparably saintly. I am certain that he will use the award prize money for the further benefit of the garden and the Brownsville community.

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