In keeping with the spirit of Rev. 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 Catholic High School can obtain a scholarship application from their counselors. Applications become available at the beginning of January and are due at the end of February. Final deadlines are posted on the application submission form.
Board of Directors screen and interview the finalists. Scholarship recipients are notified at the beginning of April. On average more than 10 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.