Meet the MLK Scholars Class of 2021

Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Scholarship

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established on February 12, 1970 with gifts to The Ohio State University from the Pinedale-Rochdale Student Fund, which requested that first preference for this award be given to African American students. Nominated by members of the Office of Diversity Inclusion's Executive Council, undergraduate students who are near or at the end of a remarkable undergraduate career, have an exceptional academic record, and demonstrated involvement in leadership and service are considered annually for this award.

Today, generous donations to this scholarship from Ohio State faculty and staff afford the Office of Diversity and Inclusion the opportunity to recognize four of its most accomplished students.

Meet our 2021 MLK Scholars

2021 Recipients of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Scholarship

Destiny Brown

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Class Rank: Graduating senior

Major(s): BA Political Science, specialization in inequality and justice

Minors: Leadership Studies and Public Policy

Involvement: Director of Governmental Relations for USG; Morrill Scholar (EAP Host, Student Advisory Council); Social Change Ambassador for department of Social Change; Fall 2019 John Glenn Fellow; previous internships with the Federal Judicial Center, Ohio Democratic Party, United States Senate; and previous work as a Civic Engagement Organizer for the NAACP

Jourdan Jones-Peoples

Hometown: Prince George's County Maryland

Class Rank: 5th year

Major(s): Computer Science; Engineering

Involvement: Program for Advancing Scholarship and Service (PASS) as a Mentor; Student Ambassador for the College of Arts and Sciences; National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) member; NSBE Mentor for 1st and 2nd years; a Morrill Scholar and mentor for their mentoring program; participated in the inaugural class of students to go on the Between France and Morocco Study abroad trip

Timothy Hinton

Hometown: Sandusky, OH

Class Rank: 3rd Year, senior

Major: Psychology

Involvement: Volunteer and mentor within the African American Community; wellness coach and a meditation and mindfulness facilitator for Ohio State; President and Founder of Black Humanities at Ohio State; creator and current director of the Black Wellness Initiative for all of Ohio State's Black student population; an intern with the American Negotiation Institute; a mentor for Ubuntu Leadership Academy for 9th - 11th grade African American Males; a 2021 William Pickard Scholar; and 2020 Corporate Connections Scholar

Sly Worthy

Hometown: Lorain, OH

Class Rank: 4th year, senior

Major(s): Social Work and African American and African Studies; Education

Involvement: Inaugural Member of the Student Experience and Engagement Delegate; Homecoming Court 2020; Office of Student Academic Success Advisory Group; Young Scholars Program; Bell National Resource Center; Presidential Host; University Marketing Intern; President and Founder of Buckeyes First Student Organization; President of Mwanafunzi (Ohio State's Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers); College of Social Work ambassador; Columbus City Schools Intern with Project Connect