Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

A celebration: Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as an observed federal holiday. Grand Rapids Community College has been at the forefront of commemorating the legacy of Dr. King since 1986.

In subsequent years, GRCC partnered with Grand Valley State University and Davenport University to form the Inter-Campus Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. The two-day event takes place on three campuses and focuses on contemporary Civil Rights issues, reflects on Dr. King’s expansive writings and evolving ideology about justice, and encourages people into action through public service. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Inherit the Dream Scholarship

Through a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University, over sixty scholarships have been awarded during this annual celebration.  


  • An annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to a senior student of Black or Latino heritage who attends:
  • Kent Intermediate School and is involved in community service or activities in support of diversity and inclusion.
  • Students must be accepted to Grand Rapids Community College with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  • The application must be accompanied by a high school transcript that must include six semesters with a cumulative GPA.


Apply for the Inherit the Dream Scholarship