Martin Luther King Jr Commission Scholarship Essays

Enter the MLK Advancing The Dream Essay Writing Competition

You could win $500, $750 or $1,000!

The 2018 MLK Essay Contest is open to high school seniors attending Arlington schools or residing within the Arlington city limits. Scholarships to help defray the cost of college tuition and books will be awarded to the winning first, second and third place essay writers.

First Place – $1,000 Scholarship
Second Place – $750 Scholarship
Third Place – $500 Scholarship

Our Theme

“Continuing The Dream:  Moving Toward Unity, Justice and Peace”

How To Enter

Please mail all entries to:
Arlington MLK Committee
P.O. Box 1921
Arlington, TX 76004-1921

  • Must be a High School Senior enrolled in an Arlington school or residing within the city limits of Arlington. This includes private and charter schools in Arlington.
  • One essay per student. Essays must be original, typed, double-spaced, and must not exceed 1,500 words.
  • Cover sheet must contain student’s name, school, home phone number, address and email address. None of this information should be included in the body of the essay.
  • E-mail essay as a Microsoft Word document attachment to
  • Essays will be judged on the basis of organization, content, voice, creativity, grammatical structure and overall conformity to the celebration theme.

Contest Rules

Entries will be judged in December 2017. Winners will be formally recognized at the Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing the Dream Awards Banquet on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 and throughout
the four-day celebration weekend.

For more information about the MLK Essay Competition: or 817-459-5384 or 817-832-3470.Download the contest flyer, click here.  

Press Release - The Color of Unity – theme for annual John Olivarez Scholarship essay contest announced

from City of Independence · 6 Oct

The City of Independence in collaboration with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration committee today announced this year’s theme for the John Olivarez Scholarship, “The Color of Unity.” High School Seniors are invited to write a 500 word essay on the theme, the winner will receive a $500 scholarship. Eighth graders can win $50 and an Adventure Oasis Water Park Family pass by entering a 300-500 word essay on the same theme.

Winners will be announced on January 15, 2018 during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr celebration at the Truman Memorial Building.

Essays must be typed, double-spaced and include the students name and address on each page. Completed essays are due on December 1 and can be submitted in person at 111 E. Maple Avenue or via email at

Mr. Olivarez created the scholarship in 1999 to recognize high school students who understand the importance of valuing the differences of others and to promote the role of the Human Relations Commission in the community. This is the 19th year the Olivarez scholarship has been offered providing more than $8,500 in scholarships to Independence students over the years. Mr. Olivarez was appointed to the Human Relations Commission in 1982 and served as chair of the Commission until his resignation in 1998. He continues to be an active part of the community.

Find this and all press releases from the City at,

Edited 6 Oct · Posted Oct 6, 2017· Subscribers of City of Independence in General


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