Unlike most other scholarship programs, which award scholarship near the end of 12th grade, KC Scholars awards its Traditional Scholarship at the end of 11th grade.
This gives the student and their family assurance that college is indeed possible and attainable!
The Traditional Scholarship is up to $10,000 per year up to 5 years, and is awarded directly to the college or university of enrollment. Scholars must maintain a cumulative 2.5 high school GPA and enroll full-time in college the semester immediately following high school graduation and remain enrolled full-time in order to remain eligible.
You must meet all of the following requirements to apply:
Be a current 11th grader during the application cycle;
Be home-schooled or attend a public, charter, or private high school in the following 6 counties: Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte (MO) or Johnson and Wyandotte (KS);
Be lawfully present in the U.S. or DACA eligible and DACA applied/approved;
Have at least a 2.5 cumulative high school GPA (5 semesters from 9th grade to the fall semester of 11th grade) or at least a 16 on the ACT or at least an 800 on the SAT); and
Be considered low- or modest-income. Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculation on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forecaster must be 12,000 or less. The calculation is based on household income, number of members in the family and number of family members that will be in college at the same time. It is the amount of annual financial support a family can be expected to pay toward the student’s college education.
HOW TO APPLY
You will need to create an account on this website
You will complete the application on-line, including:
Answering essay questions
Providing a copy of your current high school transcript from 9th grade until the present
Providing verification of ACT/SAT scores if you have taken the test(s)
Providing names and emails of 2 individuals who will complete an online recommendation form (letters of recommendations are not accepted but must be completed online)
WHERE CAN THE SCHOLARSHIP BE USED AND FOR WHAT PROGRAMS?
The scholarship may only be used at one of the 17 colleges and universities in the KC Scholars Postsecondary Network.
Traditional scholarship recipients receive up to 5 years of support to complete their college degree or credit-bearing credential. It is possible to complete a credential or associate’s degree and then continue on to complete a bachelor’s degree if a recipient remains eligible. Click here for List of Colleges and Universities
WHAT PREVIOUS TRADITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ARE SAYING
As of Fall 2018, the first cohort of Traditional Scholarship awardees are enrolled in college. There are currently 631 Traditional awardees from 2017 and 2018 and that number will grow each year.
Awardees have shared that:
The day they received the scholarship was the happiest day of their lives
KC Scholars changed their lives
Receiving the scholarship let them know that college was possible
Earning a scholarship reduced the stress of the family as they now know they can afford college
KC Scholars is like a family that cares about you and your success
KC Scholars made it possible for them to attend their dream college
KC Scholars means everything to them
HOW DO YOU REMAIN ELIGIBLE UP TO 5 YEARS?
To remain eligible once enrolled in college, Scholars must meet minimum annual requirements and complete a short renewal application each year.
Exact requirements are found in the KC Scholars Program Guidelines.
You must fill out the Free Online Application for Federal Student Aid forecaster: FAFSA4caster. You will need information regarding your family’s income and assets to complete the forecaster. If your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) on the forecaster is 12,000 or less, you are eligible to apply for KC Scholars. For assistance in completing the FAFSA4caster, KC Scholars has created the following guide: FAFSA4caster
The traditional scholarship is valued up to $10,000 a year, renewable for up to 5 years. To remain eligible once enrolled in college, students must meet minimum annual requirements and complete a short renewal application each year to determine continued eligibility. To remain eligible, a student must also maintain continuous full-time enrollment, with summer attendance optional.
While you do not have to take the ACT or SAT test to apply for KC Scholars (you may qualify with just a cumulative GPA of 2.5) you will have to take either the ACT or the SAT before the end of your senior year to attend college.
You must continuously attend college to remain eligible for KC Scholars. Students who continually attend college are more likely to complete college. Continuous enrollment does not include summer, but it does include fall and spring semesters each academic year. KC Scholars’ staff will only consider an exception for an unavoidable and extenuating circumstance.