The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Scholarship was established in 1986 by the MLK Celebration Committee of Asheville & Buncombe County. 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 rights leader. He aroused blacks and whites alike to protest racial discrimination, war and poverty. A champion of nonviolent resistance to oppression, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Dr. King’s life ended at the age of 39 on April 4, 1968 when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. However short his life, he greatly advanced the cause of civil rights in this nation. His life serves as encouragement to each of us to do all that we can to end injustice. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarships will be awarded each year to area high school seniors who actively embrace Dr. King’s dream of improving racial harmony and social justice. We are pleased to announce that as many as four scholarships may be awarded up to $5,000, to support students in their pursuit of higher education and are non-renewable. The scholarship award(s) will be presented at the annual Scholarship awards program to be held in May.