Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Award

This award is presented in memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to commemorate his belief that progress is best achieved through cooperation rather than conflict, participation rather than partisanship, and compassion and understanding rather than hatred and prejudice.


The scholarship is awarded to minority nominees who have demonstrated a need and a willingness to continue an educational mission toward a college education or graduate training related to a career in the criminal justice field. An ACA member may recommend nominations to the ACA Committee on Correctional Awards. Members, patrons and friends are invited to annually contribute to the fund for this scholarship.

Nominees need not be ACA members; however, nomination packages must include proof of, acceptance by, or current attendance at an undergraduate or graduate program of a four-year college. Nominations also must provide proof of or an affirmative statement of financial need and proof of academic achievement and demonstrate commitment to the principles of Dr. King. Please be sure that the nominee is attending college at the time the award is accepted, since the funds are deposited directly into the student’ college or university account for assistance with tuition, books, etc. during the school year.

All nominees must describe in a short essay (250 words, double-spaced) their reflections on the ideals and philosophies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and how they have attempted to emulate these qualities in their lives. All nominations must be received at ACA’s headquarters by June 1.

For more information and to download the application form, please visit our website.

Completed applications should be submitted to:
Attn: Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Award Committee
206 N. Washington Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314

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