kauffman scholars inc


  • 1,468 students served throughout metropolitan Kansas City
  • Students currently enrolled in 71 different universities and colleges
  • 14 Scholars have earned bachelor's degrees, 3 have earned associate's degrees and 2 are serving in the military

Kauffman Scholars, Inc., is a comprehensive multi-year program designed to help 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 beginning in seventh grade and works with students until 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. The program will remain active until those scholars are the college graduates of 2021 or 2022.

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

— Kenneth Herron, Kauffman Scholars, Class 1