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About 2020 Awardees

Key Points About KC Scholars 2020 Scholarship Recipients

Applications Considered for a Scholarship:

  • 209 Adult Learners
  • 427 College Savings Account/Match program
  • 1706 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 scholarships. After administrative review, 5% of submitted applications were declined because they were not eligible or did not provide required materials (5% in Traditional, 5% among College Savings Match, and 8% 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:

  • 200 Adult Learner scholarships.
  • 406 college savings accounts seeded.
  • 50 in the College Savings Account Match and Incentive program.
  • 306 Traditional (11th grade) (does not include the approximate 221 UMKC/MU only match awards made on May 15) (21% increase in awards as compared to original plan of 250 awards).

The renewable value of scholarships awarded is about $43.5M.

County Representation among Awarded:

  • For Adult Learner recipients, 2% are from Cass, 10% from Clay, 55% from Jackson, 4% from Platte, 12% from Johnson, and 18% from Wyandotte.
  • For college savings accounts seeded, 1% are from Cass, 17% from Clay, 45% from Jackson, 4% from Platte, 12% from Johnson, and 18% from Wyandotte.
  • For the 50 in the College Savings Account Match and Incentive program, 2% are from Cass, 18% from Clay, 44% from Jackson, 4% from Platte, 12% from Johnson, and 02% from Wyandotte.
  • For Traditional (11th grader) recipients, 4% are from Cass, 6% from Clay, 47% from Jackson, 3% from Platte, 13% from Johnson, and 26% from Wyandotte.

Schools Participation:

  • Students in the college savings account seeded program are from 68 high schools.
  • Students in the College Savings Match and Incentive program are from 31 high schools.
  • Students selected for Traditional (11th grade) scholarships are from 71 high schools.
  • No homeschooled students were selected for college savings account seed program or for the College Savings Match and Incentive program.
  • Overall, awardees come from 83 unique high schools and two are homeschooled.

First- Generation College Status:

  • 80% of Adult Learner recipients are first-generation college goers.
  • 67% of college savings accounts seeded are first-generation college goers.
  • 80% of College Savings Account Match and Incentive program participants are first-generation college goers.
  • 87% of Traditional (11th grader) recipients are first-generation college goers.
  • Overall, 77% of awardees will be the first in their family to complete college.

Race and Ethnicity:

  • 82% of Adult Learner recipients are individuals of color.
  • 73% of college savings accounts seeded are individuals of color.
  • 72% 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 keep in mind 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:

    • 67% scored at 21 or above (21 is considered college ready).
    • 59% scored 22 or higher, placing them in the 90th percentile nationwide.
    • 0% scored 32 or higher, placing them in the top 98th percentile nationwide.
  • The average ACT score of awardees that submitted a score is 22.4 – higher than the MO, KS, and national averages.

GPAs:

  • Among Adult Learner recipients, 71% earned below a 3.0 on previously taken college credits and 29% earned a 3.0 or higher on previously taken college credits.
  • Among college savings accounts seeded, 16% have a GPA below 3.0; 84% have a GPA between 3.0 and 4.0; 57% have a 3.5 or higher; and 16% 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; 90% 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; 83% have a GPA of 3.5 or higher; and 19% 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 79% have a 4,000 or less SAI.
  • Among college savings accounts seeded, 28% have a zero SAI and 73% have a 4,000 or less SAI.
  • Among the 50 in the College Savings Account Match and Incentive program, 40% have a zero SAI and 98% have a 4,000 or less SAI.
  • Among Traditional (11th grader) recipients, 35% have a zero SAI and 92% have a 4,000 or less SAI.
  • Overall, 82% of awardees have an SAI of 4,000 or less.

Previous College Credits Earned:

  • Among Adult Learner recipients, 91% had previously earned 21 or more college credits.
  • 66 of 200 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 81 years old.

Reviewers:

  • 254 are community volunteer reviewers.
  • 41% are first-generation college goers.
  • 1% were from Cass, 7% from Clay, 44% from Jackson, 31% from Johnson, 5% from Platte, and 7% from Wyandotte Counties.
  • 16% were under 30 years of age, 28% between 30 and 39, 19% between 40 and 49, 20% between 50 and 59, 14% between 60 and 69, and 3% over 70.
  • Highest level of educational attainment – 57% of reviewers have a graduate or professional degree, 39% have a bachelor’s degree, 2% have earned an associate degree, and 2% have some college but no degree.

Top five employers were represented among reviewers: University of Missouri-Kansas City, Lockton Companies, Ad Astra, University of Kansas, Avila University, (others in top 10: Graceland University, Western Governors University, Cerner Corporation, University of Central Missouri, Mariner Holdings).