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.

Applications now being accepted for the MLK Scholarship Program

The MLK Scholarship Program 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, for a better future for all Americans.

View the scholarship application to learn more about eligibility.

Application deadline: December 15, 2017

Apply for the MLK Scholarship


Nominees now being received for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Distinguished Service Award

TCC each year marks the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by presenting an award to a member of the TCC family who best exemplifies the teachings and example of Dr. King. Any individual employed by TCC is eligible to be nominated, and any TCC faculty or staff member may submit a nomination.

Nomination deadline: December 15, 2017

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2017 honorees

Barbara Hamm Lee

Community Distinguished Service Award

Radio host Barbara Hamm Lee has a passion for community activism to “make this world a better place for everybody.”

Katina Barnes

College Distinguished Service Award

Katina Barnes reminds Portsmouth Campus students that they’re writing their own story, and “you can change the ending.”

Emeline Jones

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Emeline Jones had an answer.

See previous honorees