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 $300,000. We welcome the opportunity to discuss these opportunities or other possible arrangements with you.

Trustees’ Scholarship Application

This year, there is a combined application for the Trustees' Scholarship and the Honors College. After submitting the UMKC general application, qualified applicants will see the joint UMKC Trustees’ Scholarship and Honors College application appear as a "to-do" list item in their UMKC Admissions portal.

All qualified First Time College students who complete the Honors College/Trustees' Scholarship application before December 1 will be considered for the Trustees' Scholarship.

December - UMKC Trustees’ Scholars event on campus

January - Selected applicants will be contacted and invited to campus

February – Interviews on campus

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact admissions@umkc.edu.

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 (1400 SAT)
  • 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 2020

Morgan Adrales
Hometown: Independence, MO
Major: Computer Science

Morgan Hartwig
Hometown: Troy, MO
Major: Environmental Science

Katelyn McAlister
Hometown: Raytown, MO
Major: Business Administration

Jennifer Nguyen
Hometown: Joplin, MO
Major: Biology

Ben Rankin
Hometown: Springfield, MO
Major: Political Science

Helene Slinker
Hometown: Raytown, MO
Major: Political Science

Landon Volkmann
Hometown: Wichita, KS
Major: Computer Science and Philosophy

Class of 2021

Camila Aponte
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Major: Chemistry/Pre-Med

Ciera Ayala
Hometown: Kansas City, KS
Major: Nursing

Bayley Brooks
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Major: Environmental Engineering

Jacob Furry
Hometown: Monett, MO
Major: Music Education

Caroline Moriarty
Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD
Major: Political Science

Orlando Quintana
Hometown: Gladstone, MO
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Emily Wesley
Hometown:Eklhart, KS
Major: Biology/Pre-Med

Class of 2022

Karah Chappel
Hometown: Independence, OH
Major: Music Therapy

Adam Larson
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Major: Business Administration

Kerrisa Myvett
Hometown: Liberty, MO
Major: Nursing

Timothy Nguyen
Hometown: Lee's Summit, MO
Major: Biology

Camille Poulain
Hometown: DeSoto, KS
Major: Business Administration with a Minor in Communications

Rudy Rios
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Major: Computer Science

Carlos Silva
Hometown: Lenexa, KS
Major: Biology

Class of 2023

Isabelle Daab
Hometown: Saint Charles, MO
Major Biology

Taylor Hamilton
Hometown: Columbia, MO
Major: Nursing

Tia Kahwaji
Hometown: Lee’s Summit, MO
Major: Biology

Nikita Joshi
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Major: History

Sofia Martinez
Hometown: Olathe, KS
Major: Philosophy (pre-law)

Gavin Ott
Hometown: Platte City, MO
Major: Business Administration

Lanisha Stevens
Hometown: Florissant, MO
Major: Psychology

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.