About the Trustees’ Scholars Program

UMKC partners with local sponsors to support a Trustees’ Scholar, which is more than $60,000 over four years. Sponsors can pay $10,000 annually toward a $40,000 pledge or fully endow their scholarship for $200,000. We welcome the opportunity to discuss these opportunities or other possible arrangements with you.

Trustees’ Scholars benefits include:

  • Full educational expenses paid, plus $500 toward books all four years
  • On-campus room and board paid for the first two years, and a $2,000 stipend toward living expenses in years three and four
  • Internship opportunities with Kansas City organizations in years three and four
  • Support from the UMKC Board of Trustees, a philanthropic organization comprised of Kansas City’s business and civic leaders

To qualify for the program, scholars must meet two of the three following academic criteria:

  • A minimum ACT composite score of 30
  • Rank in the top five percent of their high school graduating class
  • A minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 in 17-class core curriculum
  • In addition, candidates are evaluated on their community or school involvement and leadership abilities

Current Trustees’ Scholars

To view a current list of Trustees’ Scholars and their sponsors, please select a drop down menu below. Students are categorized by their expected date of graduation.

Class of 2016

Haley Crane
Hometown: Peculiar, MO
Major: Music Therapy

Daniel Galarza
Hometown: St. James, MO
Major: Computer Science

TeeJay Hughes
Hometown: Saint Peters, MO
Major: Finance and Marketing

Jordan Miles
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Major: Psychology

Claire Peterson
Hometown: Baldwin City, KS
Major: Nursing

Alexis White
Hometown: Florissant, MO
Major: Business Administration - Finance

Class of 2017

Andrew Best
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Major: Business Administration

Mackenzie Brazier
Hometown: Bethalto, IL
Major: Music Performance - Oboe

Azani Fitten
Hometown: Wichita, KS
Major: Communications

Maria Gentry
Hometown: Lee's Summit, MO
Major: Biology and Psychology

JoAnna Muenks
Hometown: Westphalia, MO
Major: Business Administration and Accounting

Zachary Wolf
Hometown: Sedalia, MO
Major: Finance

Lauren Zach
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Major: Civil Engineering

Class of 2018

Abigail Brown
Hometown: Washington, MO
Major: Biology

Andrea Herron
Hometown: Monroe City, MO
Major: Pre-Law

Adam Holthus
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Major: Music Education

Ayesha Mahomed
Hometown: Wichita, KS
Major: Computer Science

Bridget McSorley
Hometown: Kansas City, KS
Major: Criminal Justice and Business

Thuong Nguyen
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Major: Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Hannah Sharp
Hometown: Kansas City, KS
Major: Health Sciences

Class of 2019

Kylie Bocock
Hometown: Lee's Summit, MO
Major: Psychology

Brandon Byers
Hometown: Kansas City, KS
Major: Psychology

Douglas Croy
Hometown: Harrisonville, MO
Major: Business Administration

Kameron Fisher
Hometown: Lawton, OK
Major: Biology

Carolyn Pjecha
Hometown: Liberty, MO
Major: Pre-Nursing

Sarah Shin
Hometown: Chesterfield, MO
Major: Biology

Allison Spunaugle
Hometown: Warsaw, MO
Major: Biology

Meet a Trustees’ Scholar


Adam Holthus

Music Education

Graduation Date: Spring 2018

How has being named a Trustees’ Scholar changed your life?
The Trustees’ Scholar program has provided me a greater accessibility to professional connections and events, both on and off campus. I have been given so many opportunities to explore Kansas City and be an advocate for the UMKC student body.

What experiences have you had that are a direct result of being a part of the Trustees’ Scholars Program?
Last semester, I had the privilege of meeting with Peter Witte, the Dean of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at UMKC, to learn more about the new conservatory campus in the Crossroads District. Prior to this meeting, I knew very little about the move to the arts district. After hearing the plan firsthand, I wished so badly that other students could have the same exposure. In return, two fellow scholars and I were asked to speak at the Board of Trustees meeting in favor of the downtown arts campus.  It was so cool to have a say in my future education and to be a part of the movement.

What has been the best part of the Trustees' Scholars Program for you?
The best part of the Trustees’ Scholar program has to be the monthly enrichment sessions. These resemble the collegiate version of a field trip, in which the Trustees’ Scholars go out and experience Kansas City. My favorite enrichment session was the tour of the Sprint Center. Overall, being a Trustees’ Scholar is an amazing opportunity that I truly wish more people were given.