- 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
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 to help low-income, urban students in Kansas City prepare for and complete a college education.
Kauffman Scholars provides support to students in the years leading up to college entrance and continues to work with them as they complete their college education.
Students receive extensive assistance from program leaders, coaches, and collegiate, community, and corporate partners throughout their years in the program.
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. He also knew that in today's economy, a higher education would be necessary to obtain a good-paying job with benefits.
Kauffman Scholars accepted its eighth and final class of seventh-grade students during the 2011-12 school year. When the final class of Kauffman Scholars graduates from college in 2022, the Kauffman Foundation will have invested more than $140 million in over 2,200 area students.
Kauffman made it one step easier for me to get into college and continue my education in college. — Kenneth Herron, Kauffman Scholars, Class 1