I Have a Dream Award

Thanks to the generosity of private donors, Durham Technical Community College is able to provide awards to our students each year. This award honors the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and commemorates his dedication to equality and justice through non-violent resistance. This need-based scholarship is offered annually to one curriculum student and one non-credit student enrolled presently at Durham Tech. These students must express a financial need and demonstrate a perseverance to continue their educational journey towards their career goal. Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The award amount is undetermined as the donated funds vary each academic year.

Do I Qualify?

Eligibility criteria for Noncredit (Continuing Education) Students:

  • Be enrolled in a noncredit (Continuing Education) course that leads to a national certification or credential.
  • Agree to participate in the Friday, January 17, 2020 MLK Employee Luncheon and read a portion of the application essay.
  • Be able to establish financial need in your application.
  • Be a resident of either Durham or Orange County.
  • No outstanding balance on your school account.


Eligibility criteria for Curriculum Students:

  • Be currently enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours of curriculum courses that leads to a degree in your program of study.
  • Have already completed a minimum of 9 credit hours of curriculum courses.
  • Have an established grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  • Agree to participate in the Friday, January 17, 2020 MLK Employee Luncheon and read a portion of the application essay.
  • Be able to express financial need in your application.
  • Be a resident of either Durham or Orange County.
  • No outstanding balance on your school account.
     

How do I apply?

  1. Complete the I Have a Dream Award application form
  2. Select a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and in approximately 500 words, explain how that quote guides you in achieving your dream to complete your education and career goals. Please write your essay in a separate document and attach it to your application form.
     
  3. Submit the application form and 500-word essay by December 6, 2019. Email materials the MLK Award Selection Committee or address the application application materials to "MLK Award Selection Committee" and deliver it to the Durham Tech Duke Street North Campus, 3404 North Duke Street, Durham, front desk.

Awards are competitive and are based on the specific criteria as outlined below. The applications will be evaluated by the MLK Award Selection Committee comprised of Durham Tech faculty and staff. Award applicants may re-apply each year to be considered. Only completed applications, with a typed essay, submitted to the MLK Award Selection Committee by the deadline will be considered.

The Selection Committee will evaluate applicants based on:

  • Successfully meeting the eligibility criteria
  • Your demonstration of financial need
  • Consideration of your involvement in community service and extracurricular activities
  • Your essay in terms of originality, awareness of Dr. King’s vision, and clear expression of your education and career goals.

Note: Awards to do no require repayment unless you receive an award and then drop or withdraw from your class(es). In that case, you must notify the Durham Tech Foundation immediately. You will then be required to repay any funds awarded to you that semester.