By Katie Wornek – StepUp Outreach Officer and Paying For College Expert – 1.11.2018 (updated 1.15.2019)



This Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day – a federal holiday officially established in 1986 to commemorate Dr. King’s birthday and celebrate his life’s work.

Dr. King valued learning in his own life (he received his Ph.D. from Boston University) and was committed to helping others gain access to equitable, high-quality education. As a college student, he wrote (click to read more) in his campus newspaper that education provides us with opportunities to strengthen our morals, improve our character, and find a sense of purpose.

Dr. King also promoted service to others in his words and in his actions. When it came to volunteerism, he said,

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.”

So, while you’re enjoying your day off from school, celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by taking a moment to think about the roles education and volunteerism play in your own life. How can you get involved in your community and make your world a better place? What are your plans for getting an education after high school? It’s also a good time to explore scholarships designed to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, including the American Correctional Association Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship.