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About 2019 Awardees

Key Points About KC Scholars 2019 Scholarship Recipients

Applications Considered for a Scholarship:

  • 199 Adult Learners
  • 445 College Savings Account/Match program
  • 1,571 Traditional

Internal Administrative Review – Step One in Review Process:

  • After initial internal review the day after the deadline, 2% were added to applications to be reviewed and considered for a scholarship. After administrative review, 4% of fully- completed and submitted applications were declined because they were not eligible or did not provide required materials (4% in Traditional, 2% among College Savings Match, and 2% among Adult Learners). Per NCAN, the Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation experienced an average annual rate of 10% not being considered after administrative review.

Awards Made:

  • 196 Adult Learner scholarships
  • 435 college savings accounts seeded
  • 50 in the College Savings Account Match and Incentive program
  • 314 Traditional (11th grade) (does not include the approximate 409 UMKC/MU only match awards made by May 15) (26% increase in awards as compared to original plan of 250 awards) 

The renewable value of scholarships awarded is $41,221,800.

County Representation among Awarded:

  • For Adult Learner recipients, 3% are from Cass, 10% from Clay, 61% from Jackson, 3% from Platte, 12% from Johnson, and 11% from Wyandotte.
  • For college savings accounts seeded, 2% are from Cass, 8% from Clay, 52% from Jackson, 4% from Platte, 12% from Johnson, and 22% from Wyandotte.
  • For the 50 in the College Savings Account Match and Incentive program, 2% are from Cass, 8% from Clay, 52% from Jackson, 4% from Platte, 12% from Johnson, and 22% from Wyandotte.
  • For Traditional (11th grader) recipients, 1% are from Cass, 8% from Clay, 48% from Jackson, 3% from Platte, 11% from Johnson, and 29% from Wyandotte.

Schools Participation:

  • Students in the college savings account seeded program are from 66 high schools.
  • Students in the College Savings Match and Incentive program are from 24 high schools.
  • Students selected for  Traditional (11th grade) scholarships are from 67 high schools.
  • Two homeschooled students were selected for college savings account seed program and four for the College Savings Match and Incentive program.
  • Overall, awardees come from 80 unique high schools and six are homeschooled.

First- Generation College Status:

  • 79% of Adult Learner recipients are first-generation college goers.
  • 67% of college savings accounts seeded are first-generation college goers.
  • 82% of College Savings Account Match and Incentive program participants are first generation college goers.
  • 88% of Traditional (11th grader) recipients are first-generation college goers.
  • Overall, 77% of awardees will be the first in their family to complete college (up 4% from 2018).

Race and Ethnicity:

  • 79% of Adult Learner recipients are individuals of color.
  • 75% of college savings accounts seeded are individuals of color.
  • 74% of College Savings Account Match and Incentive program participants are individuals of color.
  • 75% of Traditional (11th grader) recipients are individuals of color.
  • Overall, 75% of awardees are individuals of color.

ACT Scores: (only 11th grade applicants submitted an ACT and it was required only if their GPA was below a 2.5. It is also important to note  that these are 11th graders, so they had taken the ACT test only once and have at least five more test-taking opportunities before the end of their senior year). Of the 25% that did upload an ACT score:

  • 68% scored at 21 or above (21 is considered college ready).
  • 21% scored 22 or higher, placing them in the 90th percentile nationwide.
  • 8% scored 32 or higher, placing them in the top 98th percentile nationwide.
  • The average ACT score of awardees that submitted a score is 23.4 (it was 22.7 in 2019) – higher than the MO, KS, and national averages.

GPAs:

  • Among Adult Learner recipients, 67% earned below a 3.0 on previously taken college credits and 33% earned a 3.0 or higher on previously taken college credits.
  • Among college savings accounts seeded, 14% have a GPA below 3.0; 86% have a GPA between 3.0 and 4.0; 54% have a 3.5 or higher; and 18% have a 4.0.
  • Among the 50 in the College Savings Account Match and Incentive program, 100% have a GPA between 3.0 and 4.0; 92% have a GPA of 3.5 or higher; and 54% have a 4.0.
  • Among Traditional (11th grader) recipients, 1% have a GPA below 3.0; 99% have a GPA between 3.0 and 4.0; 84% have a GPA of 3.5 or higher; and 20% have a 4.0.

Low-and Modest-Income Measured by SAI (Student Aid Index) of ≤ 12,000:

  • Among Adult Learner recipients, 60% have a zero SAI and 82% have a 4,000 or less SAI.
  • Among college savings accounts seeded, 34% have a zero SAI and 78% have a 4,000 or less SAI.
  • Among the 50 in the College Savings Account Match and Incentive program, 48% have a zero SAI and 98% have a 4,000 or less SAI.
  • Among Traditional (11th grader) recipients, 52% have a zero SAI and 97% have a 4,000 or less SAI.
  • Overall, 86% of awardees have an SAI of 4,000 or less.

Previous College Credits Earned:

  • Among Adult Learner recipients, 93% had previously earned 21 or more college credits.
  • 65 of 196 or 33% of Adult Learner awardees had previously earned an associate degree.

Interesting Facts:

  • The youngest recipient is 14 years old and the oldest is 68 years old.
  • There are 88 total family members with a relationship to a 2019 awardee, including six sets of twins and 12 sets of parent and child (one of which is a parent and two children).

Reviewers:

  • 230 are community volunteer reviewers.
  • 43% are first-generation college goers.
  • 1% were from Cass, 6% from Clay, 46% from Jackson, 32% from Johnson, 5% from Platte, and 7% from Wyandotte Counties.
  • 16% were under 30 years of age, 28% between 30 and 39, 20% between 40 and 49, 20% between 50 and 59, 13% between 60 and 69, and 2% over 70.
  • Highest level of educational attainment – 62% of reviewers have a graduate or professional degree, 34% have a bachelor’s degree, 1% have earned an associate degree, 2% have some college but no degree, and 1% have a certification.

Top 5 employers were represented among reviewers: University of Missouri-Kansas City, Lockton Companies, Mariner Holdings, University of Kansas, Ad Astra (others in top 10: Avila University, Graceland University, Metropolitan Community College, Mid-Continent Public Library, William Jewell College).