The University of Utah’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Leadership Award honors students (grades 7-12) throughout the State of Utah who demonstrate dedication to leadership in their communities and daily activities.

The 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Youth Leadership Awards, we will be focusing on the ways in which news and other mainstream media depict our communities in negative and biased ways. Over time, we are assigned roles based on those depictions. Many artists, reporters and authors are coming forward and taking on the task of representing our communities in a more accurate and realistic approach. 

This application is now closed.

Because there is a wide range of opportunities and abilities between those in 7th grade and those in 12th, the committee takes these differences into consideration when reviewing nominees and making selections.

2019 MLK Youth Leadership Awards

January 23, 2019 | 2:00 pm | Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House

Each 2019 Youth Leadership Award recipient will be honored during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration held at the University of Utah. The reception and awards ceremony will be announced on this page and to all awardees upon notification. The reception is limited to recipients, family members, teachers, counselors, friends and University personnel.


Nina Williams

Park City High School

Moala Solomone-Hala’eua

Academy for Math, Engineering and Science

Daisy Nielson

West Jordan Middle School

Kafoatu Fotu

Mana Academy

Ngalu Fotu

Mana Academy

Kayden Denny

Nibley Park School

Joel Clemens

Nibley Park School

Vienna Chen

Nibley Park School

Lauren Calamity

Canyon View High School