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About KC Scholars

UMKC has partnered with KC Scholars to make college accessible to students in the Kansas City region through a new scholarship and college savings program that launched in 2016.

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.


About the Scholarships

The KC Scholars application opens annually on January 1st and is open throughout the months of January and February. Scholarship recipients will be notified of an award decision by KC Scholars in early May.

Traditional (11th grader)

This scholarship awards 11th graders up to $10,000 per year up to five years and is awarded directly to the college or university of enrollment. Students must maintain a cumulative 2.5 high school GPA and enroll full-time in college the semester immediately following high school graduation.


Adult Learner

This scholarship is given to adults with some college but no degree. Adult learners can receive up to $5,000 per year for up to five years and can enroll full-time or part-time. To qualify, they must be at least 24 years old at the time of college enrollment in the fall semester of 2018 and have previously earned at least 12 college credits.


College Savings Match

This program is available to 9th graders and is a one-time award. Each year, up to 500 students will have a 529 college savings account seeded with $50 from KC Scholars. Of these 500 9th graders, at least 50 will be selected for the 4:1 match and incentives program where a student can earn a one-time award of up to $7,000 toward college.


Contact us

For more information about the KC Scholars program, contact us at admissions@umkc.edu or 816-235-8652.


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