Kauffman Foundation Awards $2.5 Million for Kansas City Students

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has announced grants totaling $2.5 million in support of a new network of charter schools in Kansas City's Midtown neighborhood and ten local college scholarship programs.

Citizens of the World Charter Schools will receive a grant of $1 million from the foundation — as well as grants of $650,000 from the Hall Family Foundation and $1 million from the Walton Family Foundation — for its Midtown Community Schools Initiative, which will open two elementary schools in the neighborhood in the summer 2016. By 2027-28, CWC Schools expects to serve more than sixteen hundred students in a network of two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school.

In addition, the foundation awarded a grant of $1.5 million in support of ten local scholarship programs targeting lower-income minority and/or first-generation college students. Recipients include the Black Community Scholarship Fund; the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools' Diploma Plus program; the Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship; Go-Long Scholarship Fund; the KCMO Opportunities Scholarship; the Transition Into Post-Secondary (TIPS) Scholarship; Guadalupe Centers, Inc.'s Tony Aguirre Scholarship; Kansas City Public Schools Early College Academy; the Bishop Ward/Donnelly College postsecondary program; and the Cristo Rey/MCC Penn Valley postsecondary program.

"Ewing Kauffman recognized the importance of an education beyond high school in leading a productive, economically independent life," said Kauffman Foundation acting president and CEO Wendy Guillies. "Providing postsecondary completion incentives for more students in Kansas City is part of the Kauffman Foundation's legacy, and these scholarship grants will provide even more local students with college opportunities beyond those currently participating in Kauffman Scholars."