Henry W. Bloch Scholars Program

Since 2000, the Henry W. Bloch Scholars/Promise and Opportunity Program has provided full tuition and fees for local students with a determination to succeed, regardless of their finances, test scores or life circumstances. It does not require a certain GPA, ACT score or class rank to apply.

Fall 2022 cohort:

To be considered students must:

    • Be an incoming student for Fall 2022
    • Meet the requirements listed below
    • Apply by March 1, 2022

This award is available to ALL students entering a standard undergraduate program, not just those planning to enter the Bloch School. It's also not just for Missouri students — Kansas students from Johnson and Wyandotte Counties are eligible.

How much is the award?

Students selected for the scholarship will receive:

  • Full tuition and fees, renewable for up to 5 years for first-time college students and up to 3 years for transfer students*
  • A dedicated peer mentor through the UMKC Peer Academic Leadership Program (PAL)
  • Membership to a campus community of Scholars with shared goals of college success

*Recipients who receive the Henry W. Bloch Scholarship may not be eligible other UMKC scholarships.

What are the requirements?

Students must meet the following qualifications to be considered:

  • Live in one of these five area counties: Clay, Jackson and Platte in Missouri, and Johnson and Wyandotte in Kansas
  • Demonstrate financial need (eligible or nearly eligible for the Federal Pell Grant Program)
  • Be unable to receive traditional scholarships due to past academic performance and/or life circumstances
  • Plan to enroll full time in a standard undergraduate program*
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

*Students entering professional programs (like the six-year B.A./M.D. program) are not eligible.

How to apply

    1. Visit umkc.academicworks.com and sign in with your UMKC User ID.
    2. Complete the General Scholarship Application
    3. After submitting the General Application, you will receive a confirmation email.
    4. Complete the Reference Application which will include two letters of reference that will be utilized for this scholarship application.
    5. Review the list of Recommended Opportunities.
    6. Find "Henry W. Bloch Scholars" and click Apply.
      • Answer and submit the additional supplemental questions for the Henry W. Bloch Scholars Opportunity.
      • Provide a list of any other scholarship(s) that you are applying for separately from this application (example: Foundation Scholarship - $2,500).

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Deadline to apply

March 1, 2022

Transfers From Penn Valley and Donnelly

Students that received the Henry W. Bloch Scholars Award while attending Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley or Donnelly College will automatically receive the Henry W. Bloch Scholars Award when they successfully transfer to UMKC.


If you have questions about the Henry W. Bloch Scholars Program, please email blochscholarsprogram@umkc.edu or call 816-235-8654.