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 college degree. By doing so, KC Scholars will help improve the postsecondary graduation rate, economic independence, quality of the workforce, and participation in community activities in greater Kansas City.

KC Scholars will make 500 awards annually (250 traditional, 200 adult learner, 50 college savings match) and once fully scaled in 2020, at least 2,000 students will be in the program each year.

KC Scholars is a community-driven effort, engaging more than 70 individuals from all sectors to develop the program.

Now all individuals have the opportunity to contribute to the success of KC Scholars and the students and adult learners it will support.

Donations as little as $50 are accepted and named scholarship opportunities are available for a commitment of just $2,500 a year for five consecutive years.


Individuals and organizations who wish to provide scholarship funds that align with KC Scholars may do so in a manner that allows them to (1) have their donation matched by KC Scholars that will extend the reach of their funds and (2) retain their name so that the recipients will know who provided funding for the scholarship. The named scholarship will be awarded with both the KC Scholars name and the donor’s name. Named scholarship opportunities are available for a commitment of just $2,500 a year for five consecutive years. Contact Dr. Beth Tankersley-Bankhead at for more information on the Named Scholarship opportunity.
Guidelines for Named Scholarships


You will be prompted to select the scholarship component to which you want to donate – traditional (11th graders), adult learner, or college savings match (9th graders). If you are donating to more than one component, you will need to complete a separate form for each donation.

The minimum donation accepted is $50. If you prefer to visit in person about a potential donation, please contact Once you make a donation, you will receive an email confirmation. For donations of $250 and above, you will receive an additional statement for tax purposes.

If you have any questions, please contact the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation’s Donor Services team at 816-842-7444 or

Recurring Donations

You may also set up recurring donations through your bank’s online bill pay. To set this up select one of the fund IDs below in parenthesis associate with the scholarship(s) in which you would like to set up the recurring donations:

KC Scholars Adult Learner Scholarship Fund (kans49)
KC Scholars College Savings Match Scholarship Fund (kans50)
KC Scholars High School Scholarship Fund (kans51)

After selecting a fund, provide the following information to your bank’s online bill pay service:

Payee/Biller Name: Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
Address: 1055 Broadway Blvd., Suite 130, Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone: 816-842-0944
Account Number: Enter the fund ID you chose above

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 GPA and enroll full-time the semester immediately following high school graduation.

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 enrollment in the fall semester of 2017.

This program is available to 9th graders and is a one-time award. Each year, up to 1,000 students will receive $50 in a 529 College Savings Plan. Of these 1,000 9th graders, 50 will be selected for the four-to-one match and incentives program where a student can earn up to $7,000 toward college.