Did you see us on Good Morning America: GMA3 What You Need to Know?

Congratulating our RIPPLE EFFECT AWARD WINNER Yonathan!


Great Jobs KC Shout Out



Yonatan Abraham

Nominated by both Nita Daniels AND Jimmy Swift; here is what they had to say:

“Yonatan has worked with every member of our team with technology and dashboards. I’m thankful for his support and driving the team to excellence with the reports we are all able to see and access.” – Nita

“I think Yonatan is one of the hardest working individuals at Great Jobs KC. He is responsive, professional and extremely knowledgeable. Even with a tremendous amount of work on his plate, he is always pleasant and responds to every request in a timely manner. He is a pleasure to work with and is a huge asset to this organization.” – Jimmy


A Message From Our CEO

“November 17th was a momentous day for Great Jobs KC and 105 of our college-bound scholars. We are grateful for our scholars, their families and our community members who support our mission.” -Earl Martin Phalen

November 17th was a momentous day for Great Jobs KC and 105 of our college-bound scholars. We are grateful for our scholars, their families and our community members who support our mission. These 105 scholars who had applied for our scholarship program, KC Scholars, showed up at Science City thinking it was a chance to meet our leadership team and be featured on GMA3 (the 3rd hour of Good Morning America). With the help of “GMA3 What You Need to Know,” we surprised them all on live TV with $50,000 scholarships. Awarding scholarships totaling $5,250,000 to area students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college, shows our belief in providing opportunities and support for our scholars to succeed.

We invest in talented young Kansas Citians from low and modest-income families by providing scholarships when college makes sense and career training when scholars want to enter the workforce. By making these investments, Great Jobs KC supports adults in gaining economic independence and building careers that sustain themselves and their families.

Since our inception in 2016, we have awarded more than $250M in scholarships to Kansas Citians. We also provide mentorship, job placement assistance, and access to resources that ease the financial burdens of childcare, higher education, transportation, and housing that can get in the way of building a career.

Our scholarship program, KC Scholars, receives about 1,200 qualified scholarship applicants each year, and while we were blessed to award 625 college scholarships last year, we had nearly 600 qualified applicant that may not realize their dream of college without you. We truly cannot thank you enough for your support of our scholars!

We have awarded more than $250M in scholarships

We were blessed to award 625 college scholarships last year


On November 17th, 2023 Great Jobs KC was featured on the third hour of Good Morning America: GMA3 What You Need To Know.

Through our amazing post secondary partners, UMKC and KCAI we were able to award 105 Scholars scholarships totaling over $5 million. GMA3’s own Steve Osunsami emceed the day and did an amazing job highlighting Great Jobs KC, Earl, and two of our incredible Scholars: Tina Downey and Elizabeth Lavalle.

KC’s own Tech N9ne and Eric Stonestreet were on hand that morning to celebrate the accomplishments of these amazing students.

A HUGE thanks to all of our partners and team members who made this momentous event possible and a great success.

If you missed the airing or wish to share it, the story can be found here: NEWS


Our first Core Value is the one that drives our mission and inspires us everyday is SCHOLARS FIRST, here is what our scholars have to say.

My name is Kya Maskill and I am freshman at Mizzou Studying Finance/Banking & Economics. When the school year started off I was overwhelmed with the amount of involvement here on campus. Now that I’ve gotten a chance to acclimate to everything, I am apart of the Association of Businesswomen, First-Gen Tigers, and I also have a part-time job at the career center. Being involved with the career center aligns very closely with KC scholars. I’ve gotten to meet older scholars, as well as our KC scholars director for Mizzou. The Kansas City “culture” is abundant, and when I meet a KC scholar we always have something to connect over. Our director for KC scholars hosts numerous events, allowing for all the scholars at Mizzou to meet one another. It’s now safe to say that I have a community here as a student. I also have the opportunity to interview the director of finance/business operations for KC scholars for my business class. I can’t wait to meet with her, as I know this will not only impact me in the future, but also now in my education as a student. I am so thankful for all that KC scholars has done! My advice to all other students, is to get out there and get involved, find your community, and find those Kansas City connections, it really goes a long way!!

– Kya Maskill, freshman University of Missouri


If you missed out on the holiday party, or wanted to watch our year-end video again, here is a link to that video!


If you have a Great Jobs KC partner that needs to be informed of our updated organizational name and needs to update their website with our updated logo/information please provide them with this announcement that also provides our downloadable logo for their convenience.


Our KC Scholars High School Scholarship Team

Create your FSA ID Workshop

With the delayed launch of the 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), we are hosting workshops for students and parents to create an Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID so they’re ready to complete the FAFSA when it launches at the end of the year. The first workshop was held at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley and assisted nearly 25 students and parents in creating their FSA ID. We hosted a virtual workshop on December 6, and will offer several FAFSA completion workshops in January including two in Spanish. Keep your eye on your email for more information on these workshops.

Feature on College Savings Account Program

KC Scholars was featured in a report from Abt Associates and Prosperity Now about its work to engage Black and Latino/a students in child saving accounts. You can read the full report here:

University of Missouri Campus Tour

25 KC Scholars and family members traveled to visit the University of Missouri-Columbia’s campus on Saturday, November 4. Scholars and families enjoyed lunch at a dining hall, explored majors within academic departments, and toured campus. The Scholars heard from a special panel of current KC Scholars who are Mizzou students. The panel was facilitated by Ana-Maria Fernandez, Student Service Coordinator at the Center for Academic Success and Excellence (CASE). Students and families heard firsthand how important finding community is in college and how to access resources from KC Scholars and the college.

Our KC Scholars Adult Learner Scholarship Team

Adult learner scholarship window now open! Application deadline December 14th. Spread the word!



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The Numbers Don’t Lie, We Are Impacting Lives Everyday.




currently in training


Currently in workshops



On Monday November 20th, the Great Jobs KC team came together for a day of training and brainstorming.

Our Great Jobs KC Program team attended and was recognized at the New Reflections Technical Institute's 5th Annual Unity Ball. Celebrated scholar successes, and we received an award from them for Education Investment. Our team was represented by our COO- Natalie Lewis, Director of Great Jobs KC – Terri Hart, Education Partner Manager – George Hudson, Director of Community Engagement – Nita Daniels, and Vice President of Scholarship Programs – Manomay Kidd. They were joined in celebrating our program successes by Mark Byrd – the founder and director of New Reflections as well as a few of our program graduates in culinary arts and construction fundamentals. We are so proud of the success our Scholars are having and proud to be an integral part of their journey.

Training Partners

What our partners are saying...

“The new classes that you are requiring students to participate in seem to have resulted in a significantly more motivated and higher quality student attending our program. We have gotten very positive feedback from our instructors who have worked with students that attended these classes.” – Zeta Truck Driving

Employer Network Team

We’d like to welcome and THANK our newest Employer Partners who have signed on with us to gain access to our exceptional pool of qualified Scholars to fill their much needed open positions.

This month, the Career Resources Managers coordinated and hosted our first “Application Event”, designed to assist scholars with applying for jobs with our Employer Partners. The event was held at the Southeast Community Center with laptops supplied by the KC Public Library. Seven scholars who are interested in Healthcare attended and applied for several positions with our partners. The feedback from our scholars was very positive and we plan on conducting these events on a regular basis.

Scholar Support Resources

On November 16, GJKC hosted a Community Resource Partner Convening, with 30 program and executive staff from local social service agencies. Partners received updates on the various programs offered by GJKC, and reaffirmed their commitment to working together on behalf of Scholars. The gathering provided an opportunity for partners to make suggestions on ways we can improve our intake processes, as well as track data throughout the Scholar Journey.

Any social service agency interested in partnering with GJKC can reach out to Brandey Chandler, Community Resource Manager, at CommunityResources@kcscholars.org.

Development News

Join us in transforming lives this holiday season! Your year-end gift can be the catalyst for someone’s future. With your support, we pave the way to promising careers through college scholarships and tuition-free job training. Every contribution propels us closer to our goal of empowering individuals with the tools for success. Make a difference today by donating and helping us to create brighter futures.

“Inspiring … watching you on GMA3 … fills my soul with hope”

Someone who made a donation the afternoon of the GMA3 broadcast. They had never donated before and are from Oregon!

Community Engagement: Engaging the Community

High School Recruitment Efforts Hits First Milestone!

Exciting news from the Great Jobs KC Community Engagement Team! We’re passionately working towards reshaping the future for students in the Kansas City Metro area. In recent weeks, we’ve amped up our outreach, achieving a remarkable sign up increase of more than 17% Black men and 20% for Hispanic men. Our school visits are buzzing with dynamic activities — think engaging presentations, interactive lunch setups, insightful classroom discussions, vibrant career day displays, and so much more. If you’re connected with school administrators, educators, or organizations that align with our mission, we’d be thrilled to get an introduction or have you spread the word. Your support is pivotal in driving this positive change!

See Our Impact

Zachary Racy

One of our KC Scholars, who graduated from UCM, is currently in Law School at Washburn and is now one of our volunteer reviewers. The Governor of Missouri appointed him to serve on UCM’s Board of Directors, which is a very prestigious honor. We are so very proud of Zachary’s accomplishments.

Our Successes Celebrated

On October 25th, our CEO Earl Martin Phalen was honored with the the 2023 Raindrop Community Education Award from The Dialogue Institute of Kansas City.

On November 9th we were awarded TWO Nonprofit Connect Philly Awards. A GOLD for the short video category awarding one of our inspirational scholar feature videos and a SILVER for our identity campaign awarding our brand update from Fall 2022. Great Jobs KC’s own Laura Cooke, Karolyn Dreiling, and Emma Cruciani were on-hand to accept the awards.

Kailee Karr, Adult Learner Scholars Success Manager was featured as an Equity Champion by MOCAN – Missouri College & Career Attainment Network. Congrats Kailee, and thank you for all you do to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion both internally and externally we are proud to have you as part of our team.

How Can We Impact More Lives?

We always say “What can I do to change one life today?” But really we want to change more than one life we want to change thousands of lives. To do that we need people to know about our programs. The internet is the best way to do that and Google reviews help our website rank higher on search engines. Anytime you are interacting with our scholars, donors, or partners and the opportunity to ask them to leave us a Google review presents it self please invite them to SHARE THE LOVE about Great Jobs KC by leaving a review. Use this link to send them direct to our Google review page. You can also add it to your email signature to make it easy for anyone who receives an email from you to leave us a review. If you need help adding it to your email signature reach out to Emma Cruciani at ecruciani@kcscholars.org and she will help you.

Click Here For The Link

Drop this PowerPoint slide into presentations to Scholars, donors, and partners who know us and support our mission!

In The Media

Our feature on GMA3 covered by local ABC affiliate KMBC-TV

Our CEO, Earl Martin Phalen penned an op-ed that was picked up in national media outlet, The Hill – a top US political website read by the White House and more lawmakers than any other political site.