Application open January 1-31, 2020


Previous reviewers report that serving as a Reviewer was among their most impactful experiences. They learned a lot, were inspired by applicants’ stories, and felt a strong connection to one of our region’s most transformative programs.

As a community asset, KC Scholars engages the community through its volunteer community reviewer opportunity. If you are looking for a way to give back, to make a difference, to support individuals through hope and opportunity for college – this is a role for you!

Reviewers dedicate about 20 hours of service in March and April. Reviewing is completed online, making it possible to complete from anywhere.

Apply to become a community volunteer reviewer beginning January 1, 2020. Deadline to submit the reviewer application is January 31, 2020.


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

  • Maintaining confidentiality of applicants (names and identifying information is not viewable by reviewers)
  • A process is in place for reviewers to indicate to KC Scholars when a conflict of interest may be present and then to refrain for reviewing the application
  • School personnel are filtered so they do not review applications from students in their schools
  • Employers are filtered so they do not review applications from their employees

    • Individuals with time to volunteer for training and to review applications during March and April
    • Individuals that can commit to serving as a reviewer for a minimum of two consecutive years
    • Individuals representing the 6 counties in the KC Scholars service region
    • Minimum age of 21
    • As a group, diverse across geography, sector, race/ethnicity, age, gender, and sector
    • Individuals that do not have family members or close friends applying for a KC Scholars’ scholarship
    • If possible, individuals with knowledge/understanding/experience with challenges related to enrolling in and completing college

  • Complete an application online with KC Scholars between January 1 and January 31, 2020
  • Attend a 2.5 hour training session which includes training on implicit bias
    • 2020 Training Dates: March 4, 11, and 16 (evening and day times available)
  • Complete a Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Form and be trained on how to identify and report a potential conflict
  • Maintain confidentiality if all KC Scholars’ processes, policies, procedures, and applicant information
  • Exhibit words and actions consistent with the philosophy of the KC Scholars program
  • Have a home computer with sufficient speed and secure internet access and after training, be able to independently use the KC Scholars’ reviewing portal

  • 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