In keeping with the spirit of Dr. King, the committee established that all students graduating from a high school in San Luis Obispo are eligible to compete for the scholarship, regardless of race, color, or creed. Graduating seniors from San Luis Obispo High School, Pacific Beach High School, and Mission College Preparatory High School can obtain a scholarship application from their counselors. Applications become available at the end of January.
A group of volunteers from the community screen the applicants and interview the finalists. The notification of scholarship recipients occur shortly after the interview process. More than five scholarships have been awarded each year.
"Science gives man knowledge, which is power; Religion gives man wisdom which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals." -Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.