Kansas City Scholarships

The Kauffman Foundation is providing $1.5 million to ten local scholarship programs to increase the opportunity for more Kansas City-area students to earn a college degree. This program specifically targets low-income, minority, and/or first generation college students.

Ewing Kauffman always believed that education was the key to success in life. Yet he understood that many urban students often do not have the opportunity to pursue a college education, and he wanted to help more students achieve that goal.

Grant Recipients

  • Black Community Scholarship Fund
  • Kansas City Kansas Public Schools' Diploma Plus program
  • Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship
  • Go-Long Scholarship Fund
  • KCMO Opportunities Scholarship
  • Transition into Post-Secondary (TIPS) Scholarship
  • Guadalupe Centers, Inc.
  • Tony Aguirre Scholarship
  • Kansas City Public Schools Early College Academy
  • Bishop Ward/Donnelly College postsecondary program
  • Cristo Rey/MCC Penn Valley postsecondary program.

Funding for scholarships and college completion supports have been part of the Kauffman Foundation's work in Kansas City since Ewing Kauffman launched the Project Choice program in 1988.

Two years after the completion of Project Choice in 2001, the Kauffman Scholars, Inc. program was started with a commitment to serve eight classes of students over 19 years.

The funding of Kansas City scholarship programs will continue to give more area students the opportunity to improve their academic and life outcomes.