Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Program

Each year, Tidewater Community College honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with two awards – one to a TCC faculty or staff member and one to a member of the external community – and a scholarship to a TCC student.

College Distinguished Service Award

Nominations for the 2017 College Distinguished Service Award are being accepted through December 14, 2016.

This award recognizes a member of the TCC faculty or staff who has provided exemplary service to the TCC community. Any individual in South Hampton Roads employed by TCC is eligible for nomination, and any faculty or staff member of TCC may be a nominator. Submit your nominations by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Emanuel Chestnut, Dean of Student Services at the Norfolk Campus, and Ivory J. Warren, Program Head of Human Services, are chairing the selection committee.

Nomination form

MLK Scholarship Program

Applications for the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Program are being accepted through December 14, 2016.

This scholarship recognizes a student who best exemplifies the teachings and example of Dr. King; advocates a nonviolent approach to solving society’s problems; fosters positive race relations in our community; strives to remove the social, political, and economic barriers of inequality; and possesses a realistic optimism, based on faith, of a better future for all Americans.

Requirements and application

2016 Honorees

See previous honorees

Community Distinguished Service Award

Monica Brothers and Tony Brothers founded the Still Hope Foundation in 2007 to honor their mothers. Since then, the foundation has supported more than 1,200 single mothers by removing barriers to success. Monica Brothers is president and chief operating officer of Still Hope Foundation. Tony Brothers was integral in identifying sponsors and elevating fundraising to support the foundation. 

College Distinguished Service Award

Along with literature and writing, students in Assistant English Professor Shana L. Haines' classes study law, apply concepts from math and science, and develop critical thinking skills necessary to explore social injustice. Dr. King, she says, informs much of her interdisciplinary approach to teaching.

Student Scholarship

Dr. King "had the ability to rally people together from all walks of life,” says Elisabeth Richardson. “When people come together for a cause even if they haven’t been personally affected – that’s what needs to happen to make positive change.” The Portsmouth Campus student is founder and director of a food pantry and community garden operated from River Shore Baptist Church.