• Office of the King Lecture Series
    Siena College
    515 Loudon Rd
    Loudonville, NY 12211-1462
  • Telephone: (518) 782-6654
    Fax:               (518) 786-5013
    Email:           Lynn Rogers

Courage Award

The Student Courage Award will be presented to young people from the Capital Region area, that are in middle or high school, grades 6-12, and who have demonstrated personal courage by taking positive action against racism, prejudice and bias-related violence in their community. This award will honor young people who:

  • Have demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills as spokespersons for tolerance.
  • Embody the courage to be bridge builders and peacemakers.
  • Have taken action fighting intolerance or have engaged in violence prevention or conflict resolution.
  • Have stood up against hate and violence.


Each candidate must have one letter of recommendation, which can come from the nominator.  To nominate a candidate please provide:

  1. A completed nomination form.
  2. A signed letter of recommendation
  3. Supporting materials as appropriate.


Candidates  should be able to attend the ceremony in April at Siena College to receive their award.Three winners will be selected. All recipients will receive a commemorative certificate, an invitation to diner with the speaker and/or the advisory board of Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King Lecture Series and formal recognition during the MLK lecture.

In addition the 3rd place winner will receive $200, the 2nd place winner $300 and the first place winner $500.

The awards honor those who actively promote the ideal of a just and inclusive society that values diversity and the uniqueness of each individual.