Traditional Scholarship FAQs

You must fill out the Free Online Application for Federal Student Aid forecaster: FAFSA4caster. You will need information regarding your family’s income and assets to complete the forecaster. If your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) on the forecaster is 12,000 or less, you are eligible to apply for KC Scholars. For assistance in completing the FAFSA4caster, KC Scholars has created the following guide: FAFSA4caster

The traditional scholarship is valued up to $10,000 a year, renewable for up to 5 years. To remain eligible once enrolled in college, students must meet minimum annual requirements and complete a short renewal application each year to determine continued eligibility. To remain eligible, a student must also maintain continuous full-time enrollment, with summer attendance optional.

Each year, at least 250 traditional scholarships will be awarded.

Applications will be reviewed, evaluated and scored to select scholarship recipients.

While you do not have to take the ACT or SAT test to apply for KC Scholars (you may qualify with just a cumulative GPA of 2.5) you will have to take either the ACT or the SAT before the end of your senior year in order to attend college.

Scholarships will be paid directly to one of the 17 colleges and universities in the KC Scholars Postsecondary Network at which you are enrolled.

Yes! We want to ensure you are successful getting to college and completing your degree. KC Scholars has partnered with a few support organizations and with 17 colleges and universities to provide assistance such as one-on-one and group advising, assistance with college admissions and scholarship applications, FAFSA completion assistance, advice for parents and families and campus tours.

Yes. In order to receive the KC Scholars scholarship, you must plan to attend one of the 17 KC Scholars colleges or universities.

No, the KC Scholars scholarship cannot be used toward dual credit classes or other college classes taken during high school.

You must continuously attend college to remain eligible for KC Scholars. Students who continually attend college are more likely to complete college. Continuous enrollment does not include summer, but it does include fall and spring semesters each academic year. KC Scholars’ staff will only consider an exception for an unavoidable and extenuating circumstance.

Yes, if the courses count toward a credit-bearing credential or degree and are offered by any of the 17 colleges and universities in the KC Scholars Postsecondary Network.

The application opened on January 1, 2018.

The deadline to apply is 12 midnight on March 2, 2018.

Notifications to both recipients and non-recipients will be made in May 2018.

Click here for an application checklist (what you need to do and what materials you will need each step of the application process).

You must graduate from a public, charter, or private high school or be home-schooled in the six eligible counties in order to receive the KC Scholars Traditional Scholarship.

Click here to apply.

All questions should be directed to Please allow up to two business days for a reply.

Please review the Program Guidelines carefully for any additional questions.