Kauffman Scholars, Inc. Share: Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Kauffman Scholars, Inc. Kauffman Scholars, Inc., (KSI) was launched in 2003 as a post-secondary scholarship program to increase equitable opportunities for students in Kansas City through college access and success. history Results + Impact Alumni Celebrating 20 yearsof impact, relationships, and possibility Facebook Linkedin Twitter Students in the Kauffman Scholars program take a group photo at their lockers during passing period. 2015 graduates celebrate with party props in a photo booth. A 2021 KSI graduate faces Kansas City. Ewing Kauffman had the uncommon vision to offer more than 1400 low-income students in the Kansas City area full scholarships for college or post-secondary education with an array of support services to help them reach their goals through a program he called Project Choice. Kauffman Scholars, Inc., (KSI) offered college scholarships, academic tutoring, and mentoring to students starting in seventh grade. Selected students came from households that met economic requirements within the boundaries of the Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, public school districts. Throughout their years in the program, scholars and their families received extensive support from coaches and program partners. Selected students came from households that met economic requirements within the boundaries of the Kansas City, Kansas, or Kansas City, Missouri, public school districts. Throughout the life of the program, KSI staff responded to the changing needs of eight scholar cohorts, adapting the program to provide wraparound services that supported scholars in more than just academic areas. KSI has its roots in the Project Choice scholarship program originally started by Ewing Marion Kauffman in 1988. The lessons learned by KSI informed the development and launch of programs that continue to support educational access and workforce development in the Kansas City region. The final KSI cohort graduated in June 2023, and a final program celebration is scheduled to coincide with the anniversary of Ewing Kauffman’s birthday in September 2023. If you give kids hope for the future, if you let them know somebody cares about them, you’ll be surprised at what they can achieve.— Ewing Marion Kauffman Graduates pose in caps, gowns, and KSI stoles. Branded KSI notepads lay stacked on a table. Graduates pose in caps, gowns, and KSI stoles. KSI Program Values & Beliefs Investment, not charityCommit to providing support that positively impacts long-term outcomes.Amplify skills and talents that Scholars innately possessed.Shared powerScholars are the experts of their life experiences.Create spaces where Scholars can own their own power and make informed choices.It’s all about relationshipsMore than a program – a family.Investment of time and resources to build trust.Always learningBe bold, take risks.Continuously evolve and grow while sharing learning and best practices.Equity drivenSystemic barriers exist that impact success in college, work, and life.Provide equitable access to resources and opportunities that contribute to Scholars achieving their goals.