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 Dan Yoder. 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 Dan Yoder at

Guidelines for Named Scholarships


KC Scholars is a co-investment model, with the Kauffman Foundation making a significant commitment, with a plan for widespread community investment. As the community invests in KC Scholars, we will be able to make more scholarship awards. For the first-ever scholarship recipient cycle, these generous donors are helping to change lives and make college opportunity possible for our recipients.
Named Scholarship Sponsors
These individuals have made a 5-year commitment of $2,500 annually and have named a scholarship – some for family members, some in memoriam, and others for leaders and teachers that positively impacted their lives.
Global Prairie
Wendy and Dean Guillies
Steve and Joan Israelite
Anthony Ivory
Larry Jacob, Jr.
Jan and Tom Kreamer
Cheryl McConnell
Tyler and Leigh Nottberg
David Oliver
Marta Padula
Jeannine Strandjord
Beth Tankersley-Bankhead
Carolyn Watley
Community Investors
The individuals and entities listed below are among our inaugural community investors.
Ashley Anderson
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
Ben Bradley
John Cadwalader
Johanna Chavez
Colliers International
Karen Collins
Kathleen Dalen
Dunn Family Foundation
Durwood Foundation
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Gery Flattery
Sophia Garcia
Lacey Graverson
Susan Gray
Wendy Guillies
Tonya Guinn
Karrin Huhmann
JE Dunn Construction Co.
Amy Jordan
Samantha Love
Keith Mays
Chris Perkins
Zachary Pierce
Mike and Cathy Schultz
Sherman Family Foundation
Kenna Valentine
Shari Wassergord
India Wells-Carter
$6,000 in holiday match funds through the Kauffman Foundation