Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Book Stipend

The Center for Leadership & Social Change welcomes you to participate in the 2015-2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Stipend Scholarship. We bring you this great opportunity through collaboration between the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Black Alumni Association.


The purpose of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Stipend Award is to assist Florida State University students in completing their education. MLK Book Stipend Awards are available on a competitive basis to both undergraduate and graduate students.


Due to the sources of funding for this award, there are two sets of eligibility criteria. Recipients of the FSU Black Alumni Association awards must identify as African American/Black. Awards from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs are open to students of ALL racial and ethnic backgrounds.

All applicants must be Florida State University students who meet the following criteria:

Applicants must be United States citizens who have completed at least fifteen (15) credit hours of college work (undergraduate applicants only) at Florida State University prior to submission of their application. First-year graduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of nine (9) graduate credit hours. In addition, undergraduate applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, and graduate applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and plan to be enrolled full time at Florida State University for the 2016-2017 academic year. A full-time undergraduate student must carry a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours. A full-time graduate student must carry a minimum of nine (9) credit hours.


Six awards of $350 will be issued from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the FSU Black Alumni Association. Awards will be issued as a check or direct deposit during the fall semester.

Previous Recipients

Due to the volume of applicants, any student(s) who has been awarded the Book Stipend in the past may not apply again.

Application Information

To apply, students must provide a transcript, a letter of recommendation, and answer four essay questions.

The application is only accepted online. Those with questions or who encounter any problems with the application may contact Jason Montalvo, graduate assistant with the Center for Leadership & Social Change, at jgm16@my.fsu.edu.

THE DEADLINE IS NOV. 30, BY 11:59 P.M. Applicants will be notified by Jan. 6 and will be recognized during MLK Week on Jan. 17.




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2005-2006 Shannon St. Val
2006-2007 Lakeitha Poole
2010-2011 Stephanie Prinz
2011-2012 Vanessa White
  Elizabeth Ogunrinde
  Frances Falling
  Janessa Brito
  Shawna Patterson
  Leah Hunter
2012-2013 Dunly Salazar
  Marlon McPhatter
  Nesha Drummond
  Jasmyne Jackson
  Rinsha Prophete
  Yegues Schettini
2013-2014 Mara Ernestina Burnside
  Sainte-Fanie Jean-Baptiste
  Deonne Jacquelyn Francis
  Natasia Fatima Kennedy
  Mary Carson Mitchell
  Jena Marie Zander