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NAACP Offers $500 Scholarship

For Martin Luther King, Jr., Essay

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

ONEONTA – The Oneonta Area Branch of the NAACP has announced that a $500 scholarship will be awarded this year.  All high school seniors and entering first-year college students living in the Oneonta area are encouraged to submit their application and essay entitled “Saluting Greatness:  The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”. 

This scholarship program began in 1995.  The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize students who have demonstrated the ideals and principles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in their schools and communities.  The Scholarship committee seeks students with exemplary leadership skills who have championed the cause of cultural awareness, diversity and harmony.  All students, regardless of ethnic origin and gender, will be considered during this competitive process.

Applicants must submit a 500-750-word essay on “Saluting Greatness:  The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”.   The applicant should address how they have, through the promotion of Dr. King’s principles, attempted to embrace the dream of interracial and/or cross-cultural fellowship in their school and/or community.  Students must also submit two letters of recommendation: one from school and one from the community.  The winner will be notified during the month of May.  Awards will be distributed upon verification of registration in a post secondary institution.  Complete application can be downloaded at

All applicants must be submitted by April 15, 2016: NAACP Education Committee Oneonta Area Branch 33 Elm Street, Oneonta, New York 13820 Attn:  Michelle Osterhoudt, Committee Chair


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