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 at least 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.

If you prefer to visit in person about a potential donation, please contact Beth Tankersley-Bankhead. 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.


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 $2,500 a year for five consecutive years.
Named scholarships were introduced at the public launch of KC Scholars on September 28, 2016 as an inaugural vehicle to provide the opportunity for community investor funding to be matched and for the community investor to name the scholarship in honor of someone and/or the contributing individual or entity. To learn more about this opportunity, contact Beth Tankersley-Bankhead at