KC Scholars

Become A Reviewer

Make an Impact

Become a Reviewer as a Way to Give

Do you want to give back to the Kansas City community? 

KC Scholars seeks volunteer community reviewers to evaluate application essays and recommendations each March and April. Reviewers dedicate approximately 20 hours of time each cycle and consider their service a fulfilling experience. Between 2017 and 2023, over 450 community volunteers served as reviewers.

Reviews are completed online, making it possible to volunteer from anywhere.

To express interest in being a future reviewer and to be notified when the application opens click below.

Integrity Of Review Process

KC Scholars takes great care to ensure a high-integrity and fair review process through the following actions:

  • Maintaining confidentiality of applicants (names and identifying information is not viewable by reviewers)
  • Offering reviewers the opportunity to disclose a conflict of interest and refrain from reviewing an application
  • School personnel are filtered so they do not review applications from students in their schools
  • Ensuring school personnel do not review applications from their own students, and employers do not review applications from their own employees.


  • Individuals  with flexible schedules that can commit to training and reviewing applications
  • Individuals that can serve as a reviewer for a minimum of two consecutive years
  • Individuals representing the six counties in the KC Scholars service region
  • Individuals at least 21 years of age
  • Individuals that do not have family members or close friends applying for a KC Scholars’ scholarship
  • Individuals with knowledge, understanding, and experience with the challenges related to enrolling in and completing college


Additionally, KC Scholars takes into account regional and geographic diversity while selecting the group of reviewers.

  • Complete an application online with KC Scholars anytime between January 9 - January 31, 2024
  • Attend a two and a half hour virtual training session which includes information on implicit bias
  • Current college admissions or financial aid staff
  • Current KC Scholars’ Board members and their immediate family members
  • Current KC Scholars’ staff members and their immediate family members
  • Current KC Scholars scholarship recipients or their immediate family members
  • Current Kauffman Scholars scholarship recipients
  • Current staff of KC Degrees, College Advising Corps, Missouri College Advising Corps, and Kansas State College Advising Corps

The reviewer application is currently closed. Please check back in January 2024 or email ashapiro@kcscholars.org