The goal of the Foundation's involvement in the postsecondary space is to ensure that Kansas City's population has the postsecondary credentials necessary to meet regional workforce needs.
KC Scholars provides 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.
Incubated by the Kauffman Foundation, KC Scholars serves a six-county area of the Kansas City region: Wyandotte and Johnson Counties in Kansas, and Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte Counties in Missouri.
There are three types of scholarship opportunities available: traditional (11th grader); adult learner (24 years or older); and college savings match (9th grader).
Kauffman Scholars, Inc. (KSI) is a multi-year college access and scholarship program that helps low-income students complete a college education incubated by the Kauffman Foundation.
KSI represents a 19-year commitment to eight cohorts of students who received support beginning in seventh grade to prepare them for success in college, followed by full scholarships and ongoing coaching throughout the program in order to earn a college degree.
KSI accepted its eighth and final class of seventh-grade students during the 2011-12 school year. When the final class graduates from college in 2022, the Kauffman Foundation will have supported over 2,200 students in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Skilled KC Technical Institute intends to provide a student-centered experience to support residents that want to earn a credential that will set them on a successful career trajectory or give them a boost in their current profession to work, live, and earn.