M.L. Lockhart Scholarship

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M.L. Lockhart was chosen as the first director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. he was charged with the responsibility to uphold its mission. Promote opportunities for a diverse population through a variety of programs and services. The M.L. Lockhart was created to provide funding to college bound youths that have embraced this same spirit.

Scholarship Criteria


This scholarship is available to students who:
  • Are Rock Island High School seniors
  • Have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or above. 
  • Demonstrate financial need.
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
    • 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.