Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Program


The Committee is proud to announce the 2020 scholarship recipients:

Biographies of MLK Scholarship Winners


El Camino High

Andrea Rincon Espitia

El Camino High

Ahveana Couverthier

El Camino High

Katherine Maddison

Guajome Park Academy

Khalil Burrell

Mission Vista High School

Jessica Vu

Oceanside High

Tatyana Wells

Oceanside High

Yvanna Cardenas

Oceanside High

Floridalia Perez

Oceanside High

Jennifer Jaimez

Oceanside High

DaisySanchez Hernandez

Oceanside High

Nyah Mallak

Oceanside High

Kimberly Barrueta

Oceanside High

Ashley Luis

Purpose and Criteria The scholarship program was established in 1989 to encourage and enable graduating high school seniors in Oceanside to attend college. Fundraising for the program began in 1991 and the first scholarships were awarded in 1993. The funds are directed primarily to students from low- and moderate-income families, and students who exemplify the ideals and teachings of Dr. King and other civil and human rights leaders. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, ability to meet and overcome challenges, and perceived ability to succeed in college or university. Recipients must be residents of the City of Oceanside or attend high school in Oceanside. Scholarships are awarded without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion or any other arbitrary factor. Community representatives and members of the Housing Commission review applications and select recipients.

The scholarship may be used toward costs at any accredited college, university, or technical school. The award is normally for one year; community college students may request, in writing, to receive disbursement over two years. Recipients must show proof of enrollment at least half-time to receive the funds prior to disbursements. The amount and number of scholarships awarded each year depends upon the amount of funds donated to the program.

 Source of Funds

The scholarship funds come from donations by individuals, families and local businesses; no public monies are used in the program. All donations are deposited into a separate trust fund account managed by the City. Donations are used solely for the purpose of the scholarship program and may be considered tax-deductible contributions. Donors should consult their tax advisor. The City can provide a letter acknowledging donation upon request. The program awarded $41,000 to 13 students in 2020, for a total of $907,000 to 358 students since 1993.

2020 Scholarship Sponsors and Hosts

Information & Questions

For more information, contact high school scholarship coordinators or the MLK Scholarship Coordinator at the City of Oceanside - Neighborhood Services Department: (760) 435-5042 or email: mlkscholarship@oceansideca.org
Resources for MLK Scholarship Applicants