A West Virginia University sophomore from Morgantown, Marcel Burks, has won WVU s 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship.

The announcement was made as part of WVU s annual MLK Unity Breakfast in the Universitys Mountainlair yesterday (Monday, Jan.21).

“Mr. Burks is a fine WVU student whose high academic standards and personal commendations speak well of his character,”said Camille Chin, a member of the MLK Achievement Award Committees scholarship subcommittee.”We could think of no finer candidate for this award.”

Burks, who graduated from Morgantown High School, holds a 3.0 grade-point average in finance and is active in the Gamma Beta Phi Society (an academic honorary). He works at the WVU Book Store and enjoys boxing.

To be eligible for the annual $1,000 award, recipients must has have a high G.P.A., be either a sophomore or junior and demonstrate a financial need.

The MLK Achievement Award Committee, which includes members of the local community, also presented WVU Associate Law Professor Emily Spieler with its annual statewide achievement award for her work in human rights advocacy.

The breakfast, held since 1989, brings together the WVU and local communities to commemorate the life of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Other activities held this year included talks by renowned producer Judy Richardson and civil rights activist Virgil Wood.

WVU s annual Unity Breakfast, Achievement Award and scholarship presentation are sponsored by the WVU MLK Achievement Award Committee, the WVU Office of the President and the WVU Center for Black Culture and Research. WVU s Sydney Banks Institute for Innate Health also co-sponsored Woods talk.