BECOME A REVIEWER AS A WAY TO GIVE

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:

  1. Reviewers attend a required training
  2. Reviewers sign a Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest Form
  3. Maintaining confidentiality of applicants (names and identifying information is not viewable by reviewers)
  4. 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
  5. School personnel are filtered so they do not review applications from students in their schools
  6. Employers are filtered so they do not review applications from their employees

PREFERENCES FOR REVIEWERS

Who Makes a Great Reviewer

  1. Individuals with time to volunteer for training and to review applications during March and April
  2. Individuals that can commit to serving as a reviewer for a minimum of two consecutive years
  3. Individuals representing the 6 counties in the KC Scholars service region
  4. Minimum age of 21
  5. As a group, diverse across geography, sector, race/ethnicity, age, gender, and sector
  6. Individuals that do not have family members or close friends applying for a KC Scholars’ scholarship
  7. If possible, individuals with knowledge/understanding/experience with challenges related to enrolling in and completing college

INELIGIBLE TO SERVE AS REVIEWERS

  1. Current college admissions or financial aid staff
  2. Current KC Scholars’ Board members and their immediate family members
  3. Current KC Scholars’ staff members and their immediate family members
  4. Current KC Scholars’ scholarship recipients
  5. 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

  1. Complete an application with KC Scholars
  2. Complete a Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Form and be trained on how to identify and report a potential conflict
  3. Attend a training session which includes training on implicit bias
  4. Participate in interviews, surveys, and focus groups for the purpose of ongoing program evaluation, if possible
  5. Maintain confidentiality if all KC Scholars’ processes, policies, procedures, and applicant information
  6. Exhibit words and actions consistent with the philosophy of the KC Scholars program
  7. Have a home computer with sufficient speed and secure internet access and after training, be able to independently use the KC Scholars’ reviewing portal
  8. Make a minimum commitment of two years

Reviewer application will open January 1, 2019.

Check the website for details.