Beth Tankersley-Bankhead is the executive director of Kansas City Scholars, Inc. KC Scholars has been incubated at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. As an independent 501(c)(3), KC Scholars will locate in the Kansas City community with its own staff and board of directors. KC Scholars, which was launched in September 2016, is a new scholarship and college savings program that will support more low- and modest-income students and adult learners to finance and complete a college education.
Tankersley-Bankhead, who previously served as the director of postsecondary initiatives in Education at the Kauffman Foundation, steered the development of KC Scholars with input from over 70 organizations in the Kansas City region and led its incubation at the Kauffman Foundation.
Before transitioning to the Kauffman Foundation and now to KC Scholars, Tankersley-Bankhead previously served as the executive director of the Missouri College Advising Corps (MCAC), a full-time near-peer college advising model headquartered at the University of Missouri. Previously, Tankersley-Bankhead worked at Eastern Illinois University, University of Nebraska-Kearney, Kappa Delta Pi, University of Central Missouri, and University of Missouri.
Tankersley-Bankhead is a first-generation college student, received her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, Higher and Continuing Education from the University of Missouri and holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and English education from the University of Central Missouri and a Master of Science in counseling and guidance with an emphasis in college student personnel from Eastern Illinois University.