Each year, Residential and Hospitality Services hosts the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Endowed Scholarship Community Dinner in partnership with the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives to raise funds for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to students for their admirable qualities reflective of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., by carrying on his legacy of community engagement and advocacy.
Recipients of the scholarship are selected based on the following criteria: demonstrated leadership, commitment/involvement with social change in communities, financial need, academic achievement and full-time status at MSU. This year’s theme is, Free Speech: Constitutional Right vs. Respectful Discourse, and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Lisa Cook, an associate professor in James Madison College.
“This year we are honoring 50-plus students who are receiving Spartan Volunteer Service Awards,” said Sharon Chia Claros, Residence Education and Housing Services (REHS) associate director for diversity and inclusion. “These are undergraduate and graduate MSU students who have over 100 community service hours at MSU or in the overarching Lansing and East Lansing communities.”
Reservations to attend the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Endowed Scholarship Dinner are required and can be made here. The dinner is Jan. 21 at Hubbard Dining Hall. Donations received at the dinner go toward the scholarship, and nonperishable food will be collected in support of the MSU Student Food Bank. Donations can also be made online.
In addition to the community dinner, MSU is commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of events as part of the university’s annual commemorative celebration.