BECOME A REVIEWER: REPORTED BY PRIOR REVIEWERS AS ONE OF THEIR MOST IMPACTFUL EXPERIENCES
As a community asset, KC Scholars engages the community through its volunteer community reviewer opportunity. If you are looking for a way to give back, to make a difference, to support individuals through hope and opportunity for college – this is a role for you!
Reviewers apply January 1 through February 1, 2019 and then attend required training in March. Reviewers are examining applicants’ essays and recommendations and three reviewers score each application. For the first two application and award cycles, there were nearly 200 reviewers from all sectors.
Previous reviewers report that serving as a Reviewer was among their most impactful experiences. They learned a lot, were inspired by applicants’ stories, and felt a strong connection to one of our region’s most transformative programs.
Reviewers dedicate about 20 hours of service in March and April. Reviewing is completed online, making it possible to complete from anywhere.
INTEGRITY OF REVIEW PROCESS IS HIGH
KC Scholars takes great care to ensure a high-integrity and fair review process through these actions:
Reviewers attend a required training
Reviewers sign a Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest Form
Maintaining confidentiality of applicants (names and identifying information is not viewable by reviewers)
A process is in place for reviewers to indicate to KC Scholars when a conflict of interest may be present and then to refrain for reviewing the application
School personnel are filtered so they do not review applications from students in their schools
Employers are filtered so they do not review applications from their employees
PREFERENCES FOR REVIEWERS
Who Makes a Great Reviewer
Individuals with time to volunteer for training and to review applications during March and April
Individuals that can commit to serving as a reviewer for a minimum of two consecutive years
Individuals representing the 6 counties in the KC Scholars service region
Minimum age of 21
As a group, diverse across geography, sector, race/ethnicity, age, gender, and sector
Individuals that do not have family members or close friends applying for a KC Scholars’ scholarship
If possible, individuals with knowledge/understanding/experience with challenges related to enrolling in and completing college
INELIGIBLE TO SERVE AS REVIEWERS
Current college admissions or financial aid staff
Current KC Scholars’ Board members and their immediate family members
Current KC Scholars’ staff members and their immediate family members
Current KC Scholars’ scholarship recipients
Current staff of KC Degrees, College Advising Corps, Missouri College Advising Corps, and Kansas State College Advising Corps
REVIEWER GUIDELINES: WHAT IS REQUIRED OF REVIEWERS
Complete an application with KC Scholars
Complete a Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Form and be trained on how to identify and report a potential conflict
Attend a training session which includes training on implicit bias
Participate in interviews, surveys, and focus groups for the purpose of ongoing program evaluation, if possible
Maintain confidentiality if all KC Scholars’ processes, policies, procedures, and applicant information
Exhibit words and actions consistent with the philosophy of the KC Scholars program
Have a home computer with sufficient speed and secure internet access and after training, be able to independently use the KC Scholars’ reviewing portal
Make a minimum commitment of two years
Reviewer application will open January 1, 2019.
Reviewer application deadline is midnight February 1, 2019.