M.L. Lockhart Scholarship

Students praying

M.L. Lockhart was chosen for as the first director program for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center as it began to uphold its mission to promote opportunities for a diverse population through a variety of programs and services.

Scholarship Criteria


This scholarship is available to Rock Island High School seniors with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or above. Students must also demonstrate financial need in order to qualify.

Eligible students must be accepted at a college or university and submit an acceptance letter to the scholarship committee by August 1 of each year.

The award amount is decided annually and ranges from $250-$1000.

Application Requirements


Applicants are required to submit the following information:
  • Three letters of reference: one from a school counselor, one from a teacher, and one from a community resident (excluding representatives of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center and members of the applicant’s immediate family)
  • Copy of official high school transcript
  • A completed scholarship application
The M.L. Lockhart Scholarship has been made possible through donations to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. Note: Members of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center Board, scholarship selection committee, and immediate family members are not eligible to participate in and/or receive a scholarship under this program.

Applying for the Scholarship


All applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, June 3. Applications will only be accepted on the approved M.L. Lockhart Scholarship Application Form.