MLK Week 2014 - Institutional Equity, Diversity, and International Student Services - Penn State Altoona

MLK Week 2014

Reflect on Yesterday. Experience Today. Transform Tomorrow.

MLK Reflection Lunch | Essay Contest

2014 Essay Contest Prompt

Reflect on Yesterday. Experience Today. Transform Tomorrow.

Dr. King espoused social justice, non-violence, and human rights. He dreamed of an equitable society wherein all people are treated with dignity and respect. His philosophy that individuals should not be judged by the color of their skin, sex, and sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or class but be judged by the content of their character is still relevant today. All students are encouraged to apply for this book scholarship.

The MLK Week Planning Committee, in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Equity, Diversity and International Student Services invites Penn State Altoona students to submit an original written or video essay that draws on their experience to respond to this question:

Essay Criteria: Each applicant must produce a clear and organized essay. The essay must illustrate how Dr. King’s philosophy, as stated above, helped to shape you as a person and the ways you have incorporated Dr. King’s ideals in your daily life, educational goals, and future aspirations. You may want to discuss difficult circumstances that have impacted your ability to pursue a postsecondary education and how you overcame such obstacles. The committee is interested in experiences that have motivated you to work on behalf of human rights as well as your efforts in this area.

Categories: Undergraduate written essay; undergraduate video; (prizes may not be awarded in all categories)

Length: 1,000-1,500 words for written essays; 30-120 seconds for video essays

Eligibility: All current Penn State Altoona students

1st place $150.00 Barnes and Noble Gift Card.
2nd place $100. 00 Barnes and Noble Gift Card
3rd place $50.00 Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Deadline: Wednesday January 16, 2013 by 5 p.m.


  1. All entries, written and video, require an essay and a cover sheet.
  2. Cover sheets must include name, address, phone number, and e-mail addresses. Entrants' names should not appear in the essays. To ensure blind judging, students should not show drafts of their essays to committee members or judges.
  3. Files: Written essays should be forwarded as Microsoft Word documents with the cover sheet at the beginning of the document to .Video essays should be copied to CD or DVD, with a cover sheet as a separate Microsoft Word document on the same disk and delivered to the Office of Institutional Equity, Diversity, and International Student Services in 103 Slep Student Center. Please DO NOT send videos as attachments; videos sent as attachments will be disqualified. Please click the following links for detailed submissions guidelines:

Prizes will be distributed at the annual MLK Jr. Day Celebration Luncheon on January 20, 2014.