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? Do you want to spend your time working towards a meaningful cause?

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 2022, over 450 community volunteers served as reviewers.

Your Opinion Matters

Become a Reviewer

Previous reviewers considered volunteering with KC Scholars an impactful opportunity. Reviewers learn, draw inspiration from applications, and grow their connections to one of the region’s most transformative programs.

KC Scholars engages the Kansas Citians through its volunteer community reviewer opportunity. If you are looking for a way to give back, make a difference, support individuals through hope, and provide opportunities for individuals  to attend college – this role is for you! Reviewers dedicate about 20 hours of service in March and April.. Reviews are completed online, making it possible to volunteer from anywhere.

Integrity Of Review Process Is High

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, 2023 and January 31, 2003
  • 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