KC Scholars

Our Mission Is Your Success

KC Scholars can help you make your career and college graduation dreams a reality.

Be Bold. Be a KC Scholar.

OUR BELIEF

A good-paying job and education should be available to everyone

KC Scholars supports you on your journey to fulfill your career advancement goals by providing access to college scholarships, career training programs, and support services to ensure your success.

“I always knew I wanted to finish college, but I didn’t know how I could. KC Scholars gave me another chance. My dreams have come true.”

Adult Learner Scholarship Awardee

Job Training Tuition Assistance

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KC Scholars’ newest opportunity is tuition assistance for approved training programs that lead to careers with high paying salaries and provide training for adults in less than 12 months for great jobs in construction, healthcare, manufacturing, or information technology with annual salaries between $45,000 and $85,000.

Adult Learners College Scholarships

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Adult Learner College Scholarship Awardees receive up to $50,000 over five years to earn a two- or four-year degree at one of the 17 schools in the KC Scholars network.

11th Graders - Traditional Scholarship

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Traditional Scholarship Awardees receive up to $50,000 over five years to earn a two- or four-year degree at one of the 17 schools in the KC Scholars network.

9th Graders College
Savings Match

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Awardees are eligible to earn a one-to-one match on college savings up to $1,000 and up to $400 in incentives during high school.

Who We Are

Our purpose is our “why" – It’s the driving force behind everything we do.

From our inception, KC Scholars’ mission has been to enrich our community. Colleges and businesses recognize KC Scholars  as one of Kansas City’s most prized and transformative programs dedicated to creating a strong, college-going culture in the region.

We’re a nonprofit with a local Board of Directors. Since we launched in fall 2016, KC Scholars has continued to enhance our unique approach to creating opportunities and ultimately transforming our workforce and economy. We’re proud to have served over 6,000 Scholars and changed the lives of thousands of low- and modest-income households in the Kansas City region (Johnson, Wyandotte, Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties).

What we provide

KC Scholars disrupts and makes generational impacts by breaking cycles and creating critical connections to quality workforce opportunities.

By investing in our Scholars’ post-secondary education and credential programs and connecting them with regional employers, we can grow the talent pipeline and ensure that our best and brightest live, work, and thrive here. KC Scholars’  track record shows that our program is bold and elevates communities.  Join our movement and together we will be #KCProud.

EXCITING NEW PROGRAM

Great Jobs KC - Learn more. Earn more.

There are many adults in our community who want to create a better future for themselves and their families, but know that college isn’t for them. KC Scholars now provides adult learners with tuition assistance for approved job training programs in high paying and high-demand industries such as:

With the support of Great Jobs KC, adults 18+ can develop the skills needed to earn between $45,000-$85,000 annually, and begin a fulfilling career in one year or less. KC Scholars also provides support services, including childcare and transportation support, to ensure that nothing gets in the way of completing the program and achieving your goals. 

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Scholars in our new program. With the support of Great Jobs KC, adults 18+ can learn faster and develop the skills needed to earn between $45,000-$85,000 annually.

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Traditional Scholarships awarded to 11th graders, enabling students to go to college with little to no debt.

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Adult Learner Scholarships provided for high school graduates to finish their college degrees.

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KC Scholars’ College Savings Match award to high school students help them actively save for college while learning financial literacy.

Short-Term Career Training Success Story

Scholar Malcolm was making $15 an hour when he began the short-term pathways program. After completing his CDL training and passing his driving test, he has accepted a position driving making $62,400 a year!

Making life changing impacts! #BeBold with KC Scholars.

Applications Now Open!

Adult Learner College Scholarships

11th Graders - Traditional Scholarship

9th Graders College
Savings Match

Great Jobs KC - Learn more. Earn more.