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Welcome to KC Scholars!

The first step in supporting you is a required Orientation Session. During orientation, you will: 

  • Learn about the KC Scholars program, scholarship requirements and renewal process
  • Learn how to open a 529 account and what you need to do to remain eligible for the award
  • Hear about college advisement and completion supports
  • Meet KC Scholars staff and fellow scholarship recipients

**Note that the account owner (usually a parent or guardian) is required to attend the orientation. Please see the FAQ “Who can be an Account Owner” for more information**

In person and Zoom sessions available. If you attend the in-person orientation on June 3rd, we will assist you in opening a 529 account on the same day.

You only need to attend one orientation session, please choose a date below and register at the link. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email. If you register for a virtual session, you will receive a Zoom link.

In-Person Sessions

Saturday, June 3 10:00 am to 1:00 PM – In Person presentation and drop-in hours. Our team will help you open a 529 account. Spanish translation will be available. We will conduct the presentation twice. Please arrive at either 10:00 am or at 11:30 am for the full presentation and assistance with opening an account.

Virtual sessions

Tuesday June 6, 5:30-7:00 pm – Spanish Translation Available for MO residents

Wednesday June 21, 5:30 pm-7:00pm – Spanish Translation Available for KS residents

REGISTER HERE for the in-person orientation

Metropolitan Community College–Maple Woods at 2601 NE Barry Road, Kansas City, MO 64156

(Once you register, you will receive an email with the building and room number).

REGISTER HERE for a virtual

Please select one date from the drop-down menu on the registration page

You MUST attend one session to continue with the KC Scholars program.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions regarding orientation:

Yes, you must attend a KC Scholars orientation to remain in the KC Scholars program. If you do not attend a scheduled orientation session, you will be dismissed from KC Scholars and no longer eligible for the KC Scholars College Savings Match & Incentives Award.

We will share all the details during your orientation session. More to come!

Yes, please register for another session. KC Scholars will not be offering one on one sessions, you must attend one of the sessions offered.

Students must identify an account owner in whose name the account is opened and considered the property of. The account owner selects investments, assigns the beneficiary (the student awarded), and determines how the account funds are used.

Your account owner can be a parent, guardian, or any individual over the age of 18. Your account owner must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a valid social security number and permanent U.S. address.

The Account Owner MUST be present at KC Scholars orientation.

The student who has been awarded by KC Scholars, the person the account owner has opened the account for. The beneficiary must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien with a valid Social Security number or other taxpayer identification number.

No. After your orientation session, you will enroll in the Missouri MOST or Kansas Learning Quest Savings Plan online. Step-by-step instructions will be provided during and after the orientation session. Your account owner must be present for you to do so.

Yes, please sign up and attend one of the virtual orientations and send an email to scholarships@kcscholars.org to let us know that you already have a 529 account

Parents are not required to attend your orientation session UNLESS they are the Account Owner. If they are NOT the Account Owner, they are still highly encouraged to learn more about KC Scholars and the College Savings Match Program.

The Account Owner MUST be present at KC Scholars orientation.

Please call Naila Sherman 816-398-7662 or email nsherman@kcscholars.org

You can email Naila Sherman at nsherman@kcscholars.org

KC Scholars Contact

Hello scholars! My name is Bryan Woodson, and I am your KC Scholars Program Coordinator and your go-to for all things College Savings Match or anything KC Scholars related! I will help you with your 529 College Savings accounts and reaching your Milestones from the time you are awarded up to when you enter college. In my free time, I love to listen to music and collect vinyl records. I also like to play a little PS5 and Nintendo Switch. Welcome to KC Scholars! I love helping students get to college and I am excited to work with you!