Great Jobs KC

Impact

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLLEGE GRADUATES

Scholars Will Have Higher Lifetime Earnings

The benefits of a college education not only benefit individuals but also support healthier and more sustainable communities. According to the College Board, those with a bachelor’s degree earn about $800,000 more over their lifetime than those without a college degree. This translates to $6.4 trillion in increased lifetime earnings for Scholars and their families. College graduates are also healthier and more likely to volunteer and engage in their communities. Great Jobs KC’s – KC Scholars Scholarship Program provides an opportunity to break down systemic barriers and open the doors to sustainable career opportunities.

81% OF OUR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ARE INDIVIDUALS OF COLOR

Great Jobs KC Represents Our Communities’ Diversity

Great Jobs KC- KC Scholars Scholarship Program knows how to help low- and moderate-income individuals earn college degrees and has awarded funding to over 6,000 scholars with extraordinary results with an over 90% persistence rate. KC Scholars utilized learnings from their first six years to launch a tuition-free job training program on pace to help place 32,000 additional adults on career paths to $45,000 – $85,000 by 2032. With at least 20,000 of those individuals being adults of color from different socioeconomic backgrounds across the Kansas City metro area. Great Jobs KC will produce a minimum of 15,000 college-educated and racially and ethnically diverse workers for our workforce by 2027, all of whom will be encouraged and set up to remain in the region.

SCHOLARS WILL BE COLLEGE READY

The KC Scholars Scholarship Program Provides More Than Just Financial Support.

Great Jobs KC’s college scholarship program is producing a minimum 80% college completion rate due in part to its Scholar Support Resources model to ensure that Scholars are prepared to succeed in college, including college planning education and near-peer college advising. Scholars are participating in college planning activities at rates up to 27 percentage points higher than their fellow classmates at the same high schools who are not participating in the KC Scholars Scholarship Program.

Activities include: meeting with their college adviser; taking college entrance tests (and scoring high); applying and being admitted to three or more colleges; submitting the FAFSA by the deadline to receive federal and state aid; and joining campus tours.

College funding support helps keep student debts low and helps Scholars finish college at higher rates.

Over 5,000 KC Scholars In The First Six Program Years

In 2017, KC Scholars awarded $16 million over 635 scholarships and college savings accounts.
In 2018, KC Scholars awarded $21 million over 919 scholarships and college savings accounts.
In 2019, KC Scholars awarded $41 million over 1,354 scholarships and college savings accounts.
In 2020, KC Scholars awarded $35 million over 1,133 scholarships and college savings accounts
In 2021, KC Scholars awarded $30.5 million over 932 scholarships and college savings accounts.
In 2022, KC Scholars awarded 799 scholarships and college savings accounts.

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