MLK and ESC Academic & Leadership Scholarships

MLK and ESC Academic & Leadership Scholarships

The Ethnic Student Center and the Associated Students work diligently to empower, inspire and diversify the pool of student leaders at Western Washington University. For these reasons, the Martin Luther Kind Academic and Leadership Scholarship Endowment was established in 2008 to provide scholarships for African and/or African American students who exhibit collaborative academic and leadership skills. 

This scholarship fund currently provides one scholarship award per year. Your gift today will help us grow this endowment so we can expand the number of awards and increase the scholarship award amount so even more African and African American students can be honored and supported as they pursue their dreams of a college education.

Your gift is an investment in students like Khadijah from Everett, WA, who was awarded the scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year.

"I am so delighted to be the recipient of the Martin Luther King Academic and Leadership Scholarship. As a Black woman, being given this opportunity is one of the highest honors at a predominantly white institution. In high school I was very involved in the string orchestra. I carried this leadership with me here to Western, where I served as the Budget Authority for the Black Student Union for two years and am now the President. I have gained so many leadership skills and strengthened so many relationships in my time as a BSU leader, and continue to grow in my role as President and also as a Resident Adviser in the Fairhaven community. As a Sociology major, my favorite part of my academic discipline is the clear effort to increase equity and visibility for marginalized groups. After I graduate in June, I plan to take the GRE and work towards entering a PhD program in Sociology.

I am so grateful to be a recipient of the ESC Martin Luther King Jr. Academic and Leadership Scholarship. The cost of my education relies solely on me working and taking out loans. The gift of this scholarship means that the load I will carry after my graduation from Western will be significantly lighter, and knowing I received this award in the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is even more rewarding. I believe his dream lives on in me, to some capacity. Thank you for your generosity."

--Khadijah Pritchett


The Ethnic Student Center Academic and Leadership Scholarship Endowment was established in 2008 to fund scholarships for students who assist ethnic students, students of color and /or traditionally under-represented students in transitioning to Western, developing cultural identity, providing a sense of community and/or being active in social justice. It is exciting to see that for more than a decade talented students have received a financial boost and vote of confidence for their hard work and dedication through this scholarship. Your gift today will help us grow the amount of each award and increase the number of awards that are given each year.

Please consider donating to one or both of these amazing scholarships!

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