Purpose and History of MLK Essay Contest

The MLK holiday is an opportunity to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of service and be inspired to live out his legacy today in our homes, our communities and our world. The MLK essay contest was initiated by SCSU student, Dexter Stanton, as a way to engage young people in participating in Dr. King’s legacy and to publicly recognize and reward their artistic, writing, speaking, and leadership abilities. St Cloud area students are invited to express their thoughts through essay or artwork to be shared at the 6th Annual MLK Breakfast on 1/21/19 at the River’s Edge Convention Center. Work created will display at the Convention Center in January and February.

Award Amount: $50

Who is eligible?
All students enrolled in 5th-8th grades in the St. Cloud area. 

Deadline for submission: Friday, November 30, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

This application will require you to answer a reflective statement, provide applicant information and agree to a certification statement. You can type or cut and paste your answers in the spaces provided. Your statement should be up to 200 words. Please plan your time accordingly. You will not be able to re-access your application once you exit the program.


Reflective Quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Based on the quote by MLK, how can you stand up or use your voice when someone is treated unkindly/unfairly? How does that action help MLK’s dream come closer to reality?

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