MLK Service Award

MLK Service Award 2016


The Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award was established in 1986 to honor the memory of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2016 the thirtieth annual award will be presented to a student at UNCG whose community activities and involvement embody the spirit of Dr. King’s service to humanity. The award Selection Committee will look for one who has gone “beyond expectations” in making outstanding contributions in the area of social justice through service, particularly service to the UNCG community. The winner will be recognized at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, which will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2016, at Harrison Auditorium on the campus of NC A & T State University, and will receive a $500 award. This year’s commemorative event marks the fourth year of our partnership with North Carolina A&T State University.


A qualified recipient could be described in Dr. King’s own words, in his “Conquering Self-Centeredness” speech given in Montgomery, Alabama, on August 11, 1957:


“An individual has not started living fully until they can rise above the narrow confines of individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of humanity … Every person must decide at some point, whether they will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, “Conquering Self-Centeredness”, Alabama, on August 11, 1957


Amount of Award: $500


Eligibility Guidelines:


In order to be considered for the award, each nominee must meet the following criteria:

  • A student who has made outstanding contributions to the UNCG community through service
  • Must be in good academic and good conduct/social standing at UNCG
  • Must be enrolled at UNCG during the semester in which the nomination is made (Fall 2015)
  • Must be enrolled at UNCG during the semester in which the award is given (Spring 2016)


The selection committee will consider the following criteria in choosing the award recipient:

  • Commitment to Leadership
  • Service to the UNCG Community
  • Impact of Involvement
  • Resourcefulness
  • Creativity


Nominations must be submitted via the link below are due by Friday, November 20, 2015 at 5pm. Following receipt of a nomination, the nominee will be asked to accept the nomination and then submit supporting information.


To nominate a student for the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr Award click here.