Great Jobs KC

Community Impact

GREAT JOBS KC IS CHANGING LIVES

Transforming The Region

Great Jobs KC is changing thousands of lives by serving individuals who earn low and modest incomes so that they can gain economic security through family-sustaining wages while contributing to the regional economy.

“Our Scholars express their gratitude for the community’s support of and investment in them. Nearly $11 million has been raised as of June 2023”

President and CEO of Great Jobs KC

OUR SCHOLARS POSITIVELY IMPACT THE COMMUNITY.

Scholars Will Spend More in Their Regional Community

According to the Brookings Institute, those with a bachelor’s degree spend $278,000 more during their lifetime in the local economy. This translates to $2.24 trillion in increased spending infused into Kansas City’s regional economy.

GREAT JOBS KC - KC SCHOLARS SCHOLARSHIP STATS ARE IMPRESSIVE

Our program is doing exactly what it was designed to do.

Traditional Scholars

+32 Percentage Points

Great Jobs KC’s college enrollment rate out of high school is 32
percentage points higher than the region.

Adult Learner Scholars

+35 Percentage Points

Great Jobs KC adult learners are persisting in college at rates 35
percentage points higher than the national average.

GREAT JOBS KC IS A COMMUNITY ASSET

Families Are Going to College Together

Many Great Jobs KC awardees are family members: parents and children, siblings, a set of quadruplets, twins, and three generations in the same family. This creates a family-based culture of attending and completing college or job training. After the 2022 college scholarship award cycle, Great Jobs KC has over 450 Scholars who have other family members who are also KC Scholars Scholarship Program recipients.

A mother and Adult Learner Scholar, said about her daughter who is a Traditional Scholar,

“I want to show my children that you should finish what you start. No one in my family has gotten a degree, so it’s important for me to do that. I am so excited that my daughter and I will be in college at the same time. If I need help, she’s always there to help me. I hope she’ll be able to use me as a study buddy or someone who can relate ….”

Another mother, part of a mother and daughter scholarship recipient combo said, “I never thought this would happen! I am proud and honored to go to college at the same time as my daughter. … Now, I just need to work hard to keep up with good grades so that I don’t put my daughter to shame!”