KC Scholars

Be Bold. Be You. Be a KC Scholar.

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


The mission of KC Scholars is to increase postsecondary education and credential attainment of low- and moderate-income adults and to significantly expand the number of adults who secure family-sustaining careers.


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

Great Jobs KC

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KC Scholars’ newest opportunity, Great Jobs KC, is tuition assistance for approved training programs that lead to careers with salaries between $45,000 to $85,000. Great Jobs KC pays short-term career training programs for individuals age 17 and up in construction, healthcare, manufacturing, or information technology.

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 19 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 19 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

Kansas City Scholars was designed to change thousands of individual lives

and transform the region by preparing our future workforce and contributing to the regional economy. Led by a local Board of Directors and launched in 2016, KC Scholars has served over 6,000 Scholars and changed the lives of thousands in low- and modest-income households in the Kansas City region.

What we provide

KC Scholars provides life-changing financial assistance

and support for students and adults to attend college or get career training. By investing in our Scholars’ college education or career credential programs and connecting them with regional employers, we can grow the talent pipeline and ensure a strong regional workforce.


Great Jobs KC

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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 17+ 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. 


Scholars in our new program. With the support of Great Jobs KC, adults 17+ can learn faster and develop the skills needed to earn between $45,000-$85,000 annually.


College scholarships that enable adults, 17 and older, to go to and graduate from college with little to no debt.


KC Scholars’ College Savings Match award to 9th graders 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 Great Jobs KC Program. After completing his CDL training and passing his driving test, he has accepted a driving position making $62,400 a year!

Making life changing impacts! #BeBold with KC Scholars.