MLK Scholarships and Awards

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Essay Scholarship Contest

The Office of Multicultural Programs and Services invites you to apply for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Essay Scholarship Contest. The MLK Scholarship Contest is open to matriculating students with 75 credits or less who are Florida residents.

Applicants must submit a 500-word original essay centered on the theme to be announced later, demonstrating knowledge of the life, work and ideals of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • First Place Award
    $2,000 toward tuition + a $500 book advance
  • Second Place Award
    $1,500 toward tuition + a $500 book advance
  • Third Place Award
    $1,000 toward tuition + a $500 book advance

Application Deadline - To be announced

To apply, visit Academic Works . 

Winners will be notified during Fall 2021 and will be recognized during the MLK Commemorative Celebration.

Past Winners

  • 2020

    1st Place MLK Essay Winner - Joshua Lovo Morales

    2nd Place MLK Essay Winner - Frederic Aurelien

    3rd Place MLK Essay Winner - Jason Carranza

  • 2019

    1st Place MLK Essay Winner - Arijana Zagic

    2nd Place MLK Essay Winner - Pnina Leah Aaronson

    3rd Place MLK Essay Winner - Melanie Rodriguez

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Video Contest

The Office of Social Justice and Inclusion held its first MLK Video contest. The MLK Video Contest is open to FIU students and we worked closely with Prof. Nancy Richmond to make this happen.  Below are the winners of the OJSI's first annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Video Contest, winners will be recognized at our MLK Commemorative Celebration.

If you are enriched by thier hard work, please support and share these winning videos.

1st Place  I Have A Dream II

Winners:  Laura Benzant, Karina Candelario, DaJaun Alphonse, Manouchka Daveus & Larissa Woerdings 


2nd Place Stronger Together

Winner:  Sophia (Sophy) Jaimes 


3rd Place All Lives Can't Matter Until Black Lives Do!

Winners:  Fabian Osorio, Koby Baptiste, Cynthia Pavon & Daniel Segarra 


MLK Peace Award

MLK Peace Award is open to all FIU enrolled students and meant to honor FIU Panthers that promote social justice and represent the ideals of Dr. King.

Students must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Be involved in extracurricular activities both on and off campus that promote social justice and represent the ideals of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The award is $250, an MLK Medallion, and Recognition at the MLK Commemorative Celebration. Nominations has been extended and now will be due on a date to be announced later.  Self-nominations are acceptable.

Past Winners

  • 2020

    2020 MLK Peace Award Winner - Ti Ti Nguyen 

  • 2019

    2019 MLK Peace Award Winner - Isra Abrahim Amin

    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.

MLK Service Award

MLK Service Award is open to all FIU faculty and staff and meant to honor individuals that show considerable community service and provide exemplary service. The award is $250 and an MLK Medallion. Nominations have been extended an are now due on a date to be announced later. Self-nominations are acceptable.

FIU Faculty, A&P, and USPS employees must meet the following requirements:

    • Exemplify the goals and ideals of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    • Show considerable involvement in community service

The award is $250, an MLK Medallion, and Recognition at the MLK Commemorative Celebration. Nominations have been will be due on a date to be announced later.

Past Winners

  • 2020

    2020 MLK Service Award Winner - Pamela Lopez Del Carmen


  • 2019

    2019 MLK Service Winner - Iqbal S. Akhtar

    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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