Since the chapter was chartered in 1934, the chapter has had a scholarship program. However, in 1997, Alpha Upsilon Lambda initiated the annual Martin Luther King (MLK), Jr., Memorial Breakfast for the purpose of honoring a beloved brother and former member of the chapter. Proceeds from the breakfast provide the major source of scholarship support. Subsequently, families and friends have established special matching scholarship funds.
The different scholarships available under our scholarship program:
1. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Scholarships For prospective college and university students who have outstanding high school academic, civic and social records.
2. MLK continuing Scholarships: For previously selected MLK scholars who establish outstanding records during their first year in college.
3. Harrison DeShields, Jr., Scholarship: For graduate students. Matching funds are provided by the DeShields family and friends.
4. Felix James Scholarship: For Alabama State University teacher education majors. Matching funds are provided by the James Family and friends.
5. Charles Price Scholarship: For high school graduates who have the potential of demonstrating the tenets espoused by Judge Charles Price. Matching funds are provided by the Price family and friends.
6. Percy L. Blackmon Scholarship: For high school graduates who require special assistance, including financial support. Matching funds are provided by the Blackmon family and friends.
**The criteria students would have to possess in order to be considered for a scholarship:
MLK or Price applicant(s) must:
a. Be a graduating senior during the year of application for the scholarship.
b. Be unconditionally admitted to a regionally accredited college or university.
c. Have at least a "B" average.
d. Have an ACT score of at least 23 or an equivalent SAT score.
MLK Continuing Scholar(s) must:
a. Be an MLK scholar, chosen during the previous year
b. Demonstrate an exemplary record during his/her freshman year. The academic record and co-curricular activities are duly noted.
Felix James applicant(s) must:
a. Be enrolled at Alabama State University
b. Have attained junior class status with at least a 3.00 GPA
c. Be officially admitted to a teacher education program
Harrison F. DeShields applicant(s) must be:
a. A prospective 2018 Montgomery area baccalaureate degree recipient with at least a 3.00 GPA or a previous Alpha Upsilon Lambda Scholarship recipient pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree with the same GPA requirement.
b. Unconditionally admitted to a graduate program at a regionally accredited university such as SACS.
c. Committed to full-time enrollment and not fully employed.
d. Planning to major in an area of greatest need.
The average annual award for first time scholars is $1,200. The average annual award for continuing scholars is $400.
Since the first Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast in 1997, 142 scholars have received more than $128,250 in scholarships. In 2011, a total of $10,000 was awarded to 15 recipients; 7 first time MLK scholars, 6 continuing MLK scholars, 1 James Teacher Education Scholar, 1 Charles Price Scholar and 1 Harrison DeShield Scholar.
Percy L. Blackmon applicant(s) must:
a. Be a 2018 high school graduate with at least a 2.5 GPA.
b. have a minimum ACT score of 18 or an equivalent SAT score of 860
c. Provide information regarding financial need.
d. Be unconditionally admitted to a college or university at a regionally accredited university. Colleges and universities in this area are regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).