KC Scholars helps low- and modest-income students, as well as adult learners, finance and complete a college education. Developed by more than 70 Kansas City community partners, KC Scholars’ mission is to increase postsecondary education attainment in the greater Kansas City area.

 To ensure KC Scholars’ success, the Kauffman Foundation will invest $79 million in the program over the next 10 years.

KC Scholars offers three college scholarship opportunities:

  • Traditional: 250 awards to be given to students currently enrolled in 11th grade. Awardees will receive up to $10,000 per year, paid directly to the college, renewable up to five years.
  • Adult Learner: 200 awards to be given to adults age 24 and older who have previously earned at least 12 college credits but did not receive a postsecondary degree. Awardees will receive up to $5,000 per year, paid directly to the college, renewable up to five years.
  • College Savings Match: up to 1,000 one-time awards to be given annually to students in 9th grade, who will receive $25 in a 529 College Savings Plan. Of those, 50 will be selected to receive a four-to-one match, not to exceed $5,000, with the potential for an additional $2,000 for students who achieve college-ready milestones during high school.

KC Scholars serves a six-county area of the Kansas City region: Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas, and Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in Missouri. The program serves high school students who are in public, charter and private schools and home-schooled; and adults with some college and no degree. The scholarships and savings programs can be used at 17 regional higher education institutions.

KC Scholars will become its own, separate 501(c)3 organization. To enable everyone to invest in Kansas City’s future, named scholarship opportunities are available for a commitment of $2,500 a year for five consecutive years.

For more information about KC Scholars, including additional eligibility requirements, visit www.KCScholars.org.