Park University is one of 17 colleges/universities based in Missouri and Kansas that are a part of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s $79 million KC Scholars program, announced on Sept. 28 by the Kauffman Foundation.
The mission of KC Scholars is to increase postsecondary education attainment in the greater Kansas City area. KC Scholars will provide the means — through scholarships, financial incentives to promote college savings and support services — for low- and modest-income students and adults needing access to pursue and complete a postsecondary credit-bearing credential or degree. According to the Kauffman Foundation, the program will improve the educational attainment, economic independence, quality of the workforce and participation in community activities in greater Kansas City.
There are three opportunities for scholarships in the program:
• A traditional scholarship of up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of five years, awarded to 11th grade students with at least a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
• A scholarship of up to $5,000 a year for a maximum of five years for adults age 24 and older.
• A college-savings match that begins in 9th grade for students who had a 2.5 GPA or better in 7th and 8th grades. The amount selected students put into their KC Scholars savings plan will be matched four-to-one up to $5,000. Some students who also meet specific college-ready milestones can also qualify for an additional $2,000.
KC Scholars will make 500 awards annually (250 traditional, 200 adult learner, 50 college savings match). Once fully scaled in 2020, at least 2,000 students will be in the program each year.
Potential students must live and attend a public, charter or private high school, or be home-schooled, in the six-county area of the Kansas City region: Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in Missouri, and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas, and attend one of the participating colleges/universities, including the three Kansas City area Park University campuses — the flagship Parkville Campus, Downtown Kansas City, Mo., Campus or Independence, Mo., Campus. Scholarship applications will open online on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, with a deadline of Friday, March 3, 2017.
KC Scholars will become its own 501(c)(3) entity with its own board of directors in July 2017. Until then, a 15-member implementation committee through the Kauffman Foundation is serving in an advisory capacity. For more information about KC Scholars, visit www.kcscholars.org. For more information about applying to Park University, visit www.park.edu/admissions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (816) 746-2533.