MLK Association of Asheville
"Our LIVES Begin To End The Day
We Become SILENT About Things That MATTER"
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Scholarship Applications

Eight Buncombe County students were announced as nominees for the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Award at the Youth Celebration and Award Ceremony held June 16 in Ferguson Auditorium at A-B Technical Community College. These outstanding students have contributed to our community through their leadership skills and compassion, and they were honored to acknowledge their work and honor them as role models for other students. We congratulate them all!

Saim Alam

Saim Alam, a 2016 graduate of Asheville High School, won the 2016 Youth Award, along with a $5,000 scholarship to his chosen college, Fordham University at Lincoln Center in New York City. He is the son of Irrun and Imran Alam.

Sebastian Elie-York

Sebastian Elie-York, son of Caroline Elie, a graduate of School of Inquiry and Life Sciences (SILSA) at Asheville High, who was also awarded a scholarship of $2,000; he will attend UNC Chapel Hill this fall.

Brandon Dillingham

Enka High School graduate Brandon Dillingham, son of Chris and Damette Dillingham, will also enroll at Chapel Hill.

Lizzeth Flores-Gonzalez

Owen High School graduate Lizzeth Flores-Gonzalez, daughter of Yolanda Gonzalez-Loza, will attend Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Raekwon Griffin

Raekwon Griffin, son of Vernette Griffin, graduated from Asheville High and will attend historic Morehouse College in Atlanta.

DeMarcus Harper

DeMarcus Harper, also of Owen and the grandson of Mary Harper and nephew of Jamal Harper, will attend Appalachian State University in Boone.

Kai Lendzion

Kai Lendzion, son of Kriya Lendzion and a graduate of AHS, will head to Sarasota, FL to enroll at Ringling College of Art and Design.

Holt Mettee

Holt Mettee, daughter of Jeff and Anne Mettee, has committed to UNC Asheville in the fall of 2017. The Asheville School graduate will first spend a “gap year” with Global Citizen in India, working with Teach for India and living with a home-stay family for eight months.

Nallah Muhammad

Nallah Muhammad, an A. C. Reynolds graduate and the daughter of Jason and Tina Muhammad, will attend one of North Carolina’s most prestigious and renowned historically black colleges, NC A&T University in Greensboro.


To the MLK Association or the Scholarship Fund to aid our mission of
preserving and advancing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


The MLK Association of Asheville &
Buncombe County, Inc.
PO Box 328
Asheville, NC 28802-0328


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