About The Drum Major Instinct Scholarship

On February 4, 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered “The Drum Major Instinct” message in Atlanta, Georgia.  He discussed the importance of being a “Drum Major”, or leader, for positive change. Our goal is to provide support as you pursue higher education and make a positive difference in the world.

Scholarship Award: $500 


1) Be a graduating senior attending a high school in Broward, Miami-Dade, or Palm Beach county.  2) Provide proof of admission to an accredited university, college, or vocational training program for the Summer or Fall 2024 semester.  3) Provide proof of high school extracurricular involvement.  4) Submit a signed letter of recommendation.  4) Application, including essay, must be submitted by March 31, 2024. 

How to Apply?

Application Instructions

To be considered for the Drum Major Instinct Scholarship Award, you must complete the form below and provide a response to the following question (maximum of 500 words).

How will you use your education and experience participating in extracurricular activities to be a leader for positive change? 

Submissions will be accepted from 8:00 a.m. ET on January 15, 2024, until 11:59 p.m., ET, on March 31, 2024.

  1. Awardees will be announced at Sound Check Be Heard in April 2024. 
  2. Applicants will be reviewed and selected by the DME Scholarship committee based on eligibility criteria. 
  3. Not all applicants will receive a scholarship. 
  4. Scholarships are a 1-time award. 
  5. Awardees will be notified by email when the funds have been dispersed to the institution.