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 life goals by providing scholarships to college, 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, tuition assistance for approved training programs that lead to careers with high paying salaries and allows adults to get trained in less than 12 months for great jobs in construction, healthcare, manufacturing, or information technology. Annual incomes in these jobs range 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 has enriched our community. We’re recognized by colleges and businesses as one of Kansas City’s most prized and transformative programs, creating a strong, college-going culture in the region.

We’re a nonprofit with a local Board of Directors. We publicly launched on September 28, 2016 and awarded our first scholarships in May 2017. KC Scholars is proud to have served over 6,000 Scholars to date and our impact has been immediate.

Unique in our approach to creating opportunity, we continue to build our unique program and culture, changing the lives of thousands of low- and modest-income households in one of six eligible counties: Johnson, Wyandotte (KS) or Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte (MO) across the six-county, Kansas City region to transform our region’s workforce and economy.

What we provide

KC Scholars disrupts by creating connections where there were few or none by creating generational impact.

Our program aspires to nothing less than the bold transformation of individuals, families, neighborhoods, a city, across our six counties. We’re talking about breaking cycles and systems and helping to elevate everyone in our communities in profound ways.

By investing in the postsecondary education and credential programs of our scholars and connecting them with regional employers, we can grow the talent pipeline and ensure our best and brightest live, work and contribute here. Our six-year history is evidence that KC Scholars has bold shoes to fill! Join our movement and together we will be #kcproud.

EXCITING NEW PROGRAM

Great Jobs KC - Learn more. Earn more.

Many adults want a better future but know that college just isn’t for them. KC Scholars now provides tuition assistance to approved job training programs in high paying and high-demand industries such as:

With the support of Great Jobs KC, adults 18+ can learn faster, develop the skills needed to earn between $45,000-$85,000, and begin a fulfilling career in one year or less. KC Scholars also provides support services, such as help with childcare and transportation, to ensure that you successfully complete the program and achieve your goals. 

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

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Awarded more than 3,000 Traditional Scholarships for 11th graders, enabling students to earn their college education with little to no debt.

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Provided nearly 1,000 Adult Learner Scholarships for high school graduates to go back to college and finish their degree.

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Given more than 1,000 high school students a KC Scholars’ College Savings Match award helping them actively save for their college futures while learning financial literacy.

Short-Term Career Training Success Story

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

Making life changing impacts! #BeBold with KC Scholars.