KC Scholars team members Anta’ Williams, Nita Daniels, Edna Adelusola and Dee Burns join to discuss how the organization creates a strong continuing education and college-going culture across our region. The program’s mission is rooted in commitment to post-secondary education as a life-changer. Kansas City entrepreneur, the Ewing Marion Kauffman believed that a post-secondary education is possible for everyone regardless of income, age, or ethnicity. The Kauffman Foundation gifted the Kansas City community with a large-scale scholarship fund and support programs.
KC Scholars started as a community-engaged process. Over 70 members of the regional community helped plan KC Scholars in 2016 and 2017, and shaped the program design. KC Scholars is a 501(c)(3) entity, resides in the community, and reports to a community-based Board of Directors. KC Scholars publicly launched on September 28, 2016. It awarded its first scholarships in May 2017. Over 5,000 KC Scholars have been awarded in the first five program years.
KC Scholars changes the lives of thousands of low- and modest-income Kansas Citians, positively impacting the region’s workforce and economy. KC Scholars supports individuals by providing access to college scholarships, career training programs, and support services. kcscholars.org
Donna Morrow Wolfe – host, producer, engineer
Karen E. Griffin – co-host