Commitments of $10 million each from MU and the University of Missouri System and $20 million from KC Scholars will support an expansion of the KC Scholars program, which was launched in 2016 with $79 million from the Kauffman Foundation and dozens of other partners. The program currently awards approximately five hundred scholarships a year to students in the Kansas City metro region to attend one of seventeen partner colleges and universities in Missouri and Kansas, including MU, where forty-six KC Scholars currently are enrolled, the largest number of KC Scholars enrolled at any college or university. The latest funding will support an additional eight hundred scholarships, with each scholarship worth $10,000 a year and renewable for up to five years, for students who choose to enroll at MU.
Students eligible for a KC Scholars scholarship must be a junior in high school in one of six counties in the Kansas City region, have at least a 2.5 GPA, and be able to demonstrate financial need. The counties included are Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas, and Platte, Clay, Cass, and Jackson counties in Missouri.
"This commitment will take our partnership with KC Scholars to a new level," said MU chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright. "KC Scholars works hard to provide financial assistance to students who want to attend college, and this partnership will ensure that even more students who qualify for KC Scholars will benefit from this important effort. We are dedicated to our pursuit of eliminating financial barriers for students from Missouri and the Kansas City region who want to come to Mizzou."