KC Scholars

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About KC Scholars

UMKC has partnered with KC Scholars to make college accessible to students in the Kansas City region through a new scholarship and college savings program launched in 2016.

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.


About the scholarships

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. They are required to complete GPA and graduation requirements their senior year in order to receive the scholarship the first year of college. Annually, 250 awards will be made.


Adult Learner

Adults aged 24 and above at the time of college enrollment in fall 2017, that have some college, but no degree, can apply for up to $5,000/year for up to five years.

Returning adult learners must have at least 12 earned college credits previously completed at an accredited, Title IV postsecondary institution. Students can enroll in college part-time or full-time, but must start in the fall of 2017. Annually, 200 awards will be made.


College Savings Match

Each year, 9th graders can apply to win a one-time award with the potential to earn up to $7,000 toward college.

Up to 1,000 9th grade students who apply will receive $25 in a 529 College Savings Plan, designed to help encourage saving for future college costs. Out of those 1,000 recipients, 50 will be selected for a four-to-one match and incentives program.