kauffman scholars inc


  • Kauffman Scholars currently serves more than 1,100 students from the metropolitan Kansas City area
  • 51 percent of Kauffman Scholars are from Kansas, and 49 percent are from Missouri
  • Students are enrolled in more than 70 colleges and universities across the United States

Kauffman Scholars, Inc., is a multi-year college access and scholarship program designed to help low-income, urban students in Kansas City prepare for and complete a college education.

Launched by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 2003, Kauffman Scholars provides support to students in the years leading up to college entrance and continues to work with students as they complete their college education.

Students receive extensive support from program leaders, coaches, and collegiate, community, and corporate partners throughout their years in the program.

Kauffman Scholars accepted its eighth and final class of seventh-grade students during the 2011-12 school year. 

When the last class of Kauffman Scholars finishes college in 2021-2022, the Foundation will have invested more than $140 million in the initiative.

Kauffman made it one step easier for me to get into college and continue my education in college.

— Kenneth Herron, Kauffman Scholars, Class 1