The Kauffman Foundation worked with over seventy regional business, education, community, and civic leaders to launch KC Scholars, a new program that will provide more Kansas City metro students with opportunities to complete a college education. KC Scholars will provide the means – through scholarships, financial incentives to promote college savings, and support services – for low- and modest-income students and adults needing access to pursue and complete a postsecondary credit-bearing credential or degree.

KC Scholars serves a six-county area of the Kansas City region: Wyandotte and Johnson Counties in Kansas and Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte in Missouri.

KC Scholars offers three college scholarship opportunities:

  • Traditional (11th grader): High school 11th graders can apply for up to $10,000/year for up to five years. Students must enroll in college full-time beginning the fall semester immediately following high school graduation at one of the 17 colleges or universities in the KC Scholars network.

  • Adult Learner: Adults aged 24 and above at the time of college enrollment in fall 2018, that have some college, but no degree, can apply for up to $5,000/year for up to five years. Students can enroll in college part-time or full-time, but must start in the fall of 2018 at one of 17 colleges or universities partnering with KC Scholars.

  • College Savings Match (9th grader): High school 9th graders can apply to receive a 4-to-1 match on contributions into a 529 college savings account. The maximum match granted is $5,000, but an additional $2,000 is available in incentives for completing key college-ready milestones in high school.

Watch a short video to learn more about the Kansas City Scholars program.