KC Scholars was designed to change thousands of individual lives and transform the region by preparing our future workforce and contributing to the regional economy.

KC Scholars and its collaborators are dedicated to helping you complete your degree! We provide financial support for college and much more – support that helps you plan for college, navigate the college enrollment process, persist one you are enrolled in college, and complete your college degree.

Examples of support services provided are: college planning timeline; ongoing college planning workshops;  one-on-one and group advising; assistance with college admissions applications, essays, scholarship applications, and FAFSA completion; assistance registering and prepping for college entrance tests; advisement for parents and family; financial literacy and paying for college education; campus tours; campus rep visits and interactions; education about how financial aid works and understanding financial aid awards; and general assistance knowing how to be ready for and admitted to college. Once in college, KC Scholars’ awardees will be required to participate in an assigned program or service on their enrolled campus.

Support services will be provided through partnerships with the following collaborating organizations as well as KC Scholars’ network of 17 colleges and universities.


College Advising Corps works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented high school students who enter and complete higher education. To do this, we place well-trained, recent college graduates, from institutions of higher education, as full-time near-peer college advisers in the nation’s underserved schools. We provide the support that high school students need to navigate the complex processes of college admissions, securing financial aid, and enrolling in schools that serve them well. Because advisers are close in age and background to the students they serve, they can connect with students in ways others often cannot. Our model not only offers assistance to students, but also provides jobs for recent college graduates.


As part of the national consortium of the Graduate Network!KC Degrees is based at Mid-America Regional Council and aligned with KC Scholars and other metro initiatives to increase postsecondary attainment in Kansas City. KC Degrees’ College Success Navigators uniquely serves adults with some college and no degree. KC Degrees provides in-person, phone, and online advisement to adults considering re-entry into college and helps them understand their postsecondary options as well as provide assistance navigating the process.


The Kansas State College Advising Corps program is a solution for Greater Kansas City’s workforce development. The Corps is supported by a grant from the Kauffman Foundation, it is a “best fit” college advising model that helps low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented high school students navigate the complex issues associated with selecting and entering a university of their choice.


Missouri College Advising Corps hires recent graduates to work in partner high schools across Missouri to empower Missouri students to go to college and succeed. MCAC partner schools have high percentages of first-generation college, low-income, and underrepresented students at risk of not going to college. MCAC college advisers help students understand that they can complete a college degree, find their “best fit” post-secondary institution, and navigate the process of applying for admission and financial aid. Advisers are immersed in the school and are available to guide students through the college planning and preparation, applications, and financial aid processes.