2017 - 2018

Scholarship Application




Selection Criteria

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Club, Inc. (MLK Club) was founded in 1986 by the late Glyn R. Gleason. It was formed to keep the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. alive and to help promote education, literacy and cultural diversity in the community. The Glyn R. Gleason Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Mr. Gleason. Local high school seniors and first year college students are encouraged to apply. Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each will be awarded on a one-time basis. Winners will be selected by the MLK Club Scholarship Committee in December 2017. Students must meet the following criteria to apply:


  • Must be pursuing a post-high school education at a technical school, 2 year or 4 year college/university
  • Must demonstrate scholastic potential and provide an official school/college transcript
  • Must have participated in community service and/or school activities (sports, clubs, etc.)
  • Must provide one letter of recommendation (can be from a teacher, counselor, pastor, etc.)
  • Must provide a typed (double spaced) essay on the following questions (limit of 2 pages):
    • What are your career plans?
    • What does Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream mean to you?
    • How has the Civil Rights movement affected you today?
    • What will you do to keep the dream alive?
    • What will you do to give back to the community?
  • Must agree to attend and read your essay at the 33rd Annual Dr. King Unity Day Program on January 15, 2018 at the downtown Grand Wayne Convention Center, 120 W. Jefferson, Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46802 if selected as a scholarship winner
  • Must agree to an interview with the MLK Club, Inc., if requested
  • Must submit a completed Glyn R. Gleason Memorial Scholarship Application, typed essay, letters of recommendation and official transcript postmarked by December 15, 2017 to:


MLK Club, Inc.

Attn: Scholarship Committee

P. O. Box 15694

Fort Wayne, IN 46885-5694