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MLK Regional Scholarship

Inspired by the belief that love and peaceful protest can eliminate social, political and economic injustice, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. became this nation’s most heralded civil right leader. A champion of nonviolent resistance, he greatly advanced American civil rights and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Dr. King died at the age of 39 on April 4, 1968, when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. His life serves as an inspiration to do all that we can to end injustice.

In honor of Dr. King, several community foundations have collectively established a scholarship awarded to high school seniors (regardless of ethnicity) across the region who have embraced his teachings on racial harmony and social justice. On January 22, 2020, Saginaw Valley State University will host the Great Lakes Bay Regional MLK Celebration, and the recipients will be recognized. The nonrenewable scholarships will be a minimum of $1,000. 

Congratulations to the 2022 MLK Scholarship Recipients!

Group photo of 2022 scholars

Anderson, portrait

Easton Anderson

Bay City Central High School
United States Naval Academy

Brooks portrait

Layla Brooks

John Glenn High School
Michigan State University
Public Policy

Champion portrait

R'ion Champion

Heritage High School
Bowling Green State University

 Engerberts portrait

Ryann Engelberts

John Glenn High School
To Be Determined

 Grabill portrait

Eric Grabill

Calvary Baptist Academy
North Central University
Biblical and Theological Studies

 Howard portrait

Ja'Niya Howard

Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy
Howard University
Interior Design


Kinnicutt portrait

Emily Kinnicutt

Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy
University of Michigan
Computer Science


McConnell portrait

Colette McConnell

Nouvel Catholic Central
Benedictine College


Polk portrait

Ma'kiri Polk

Arthur Hill High School
Wayne State University


Smith portrait

Caleb Smith

Heritage High School
To Be Determined
Engineering or Sports Management


Sowah portrait

Ayanna Sowah

Nouvel Catholic Central
Tennessee State University
To Be Determined


Stacy portrait

Emmirsyn Stacy

Meridian Early College High School
Grand Valley State University
Criminal Justice

 Torain portrait

Semaj Torain

Midland High School
Spelman College

 Vaughn portrait

Shelby Vaughn

Arthur Hill High School
Western Michigan University

 Yantz portrait

Ella Yantz

John Glenn High School
Michigan State University


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