Postsecondary Access and Completion

There is a need to reduce barriers, preventing students from earning college degrees and other postsecondary credentials. We focus on programs that increase not only access to college and credentials, but success.

Kauffman Scholars graduation ceremony 2018

Lasting legacy. Continued impact.

As college and KSI program grads donned caps and gowns, 120 diverse young professionals begin to create their own legacies.

Project Choice, Ewing Marion Kauffman

The power to choose

In his speech to graduating seniors in the Project Choice program, Ewing Kauffman challenged the students to take full advantage of the opportunity they'd been given.

KC Scholars helps build a college-educated workforce

A person with a bachelor's degree can expect to make 66 percent more than a high school graduate during his or her lifetime.


KC Scholars

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).

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Kauffman Scholars

Kauffman Scholars (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.

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