Traditional Scholarship for 11th Graders
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Traditional Scholarship for 11th Graders
Ewing Marion Kauffman believed that nothing should stand in the way of anyone who wants to get a college degree. We agree and make it our mission to help remove the barriers that keep low- and moderate-income students from achieving their dreams of going to college. One of the programs that allows us to help make this a reality for thousands of Kansas City students is our Traditional Scholarship for 11th graders. This scholarship provides for up to $50,000 paid directly to the college, over the course of up to six years.
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When can I apply for the Traditional Scholarship?
The 2024 Traditional Scholarship application window was January 9, 2024, through February 23, 2024. The next application cycle will open January 9, 2025.
What are the eligibility requirements for the Traditional Scholarship?
You must meet all of the following requirements to apply:
- Be a current 11th grader during the application cycle;
- Be home-schooled or attend a public, charter, or private high school in the following six counties: Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte (MO) or Johnson and Wyandotte (KS);
- Have at least a 2.5 cumulative high school unweighted GPA (five semesters from 9th grade to the fall semester of 11th grade) or at least a 16 on the ACT or at least an 800 on the SAT); and
How can I apply for the scholarship?
Click here to get started and we will stay in touch and let you know when the application is open for the next cycle.
WHAT PREVIOUS TRADITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ARE SAYING
- The day they received the scholarship was the happiest day of their lives.
- This scholarship changed their lives.
- Receiving the scholarship let them know that college was possible.
- Earning a scholarship reduced the stress of the family as they now know they can afford college.
- Great Jobs KC is like a family that cares about you and your success.
- Great Jobs KC made it possible for them to attend their dream college.
To be considered income eligible for the purposes of the Great Jobs KC - KC Scholars application, your Student Aid Index (SAI) calculation on the Federal Student Aid Estimator must be 12,000 or less. The calculation is based on household income, assets and number of members in the family. It is the amount of annual financial support a family can be expected to pay toward the student’s college education.
At least 250 Traditional Scholarships will be awarded each year.
Application materials will be reviewed, evaluated, and scored to select scholarship recipients.
Unlike most other scholarship programs, which award scholarships near the end of 12th grade, Great Jobs KC - KC Scholars Scholarship Program awards its Traditional Scholarship at the end of 11th grade. This gives the student and their family assurance that college is indeed possible and attainable. Current 12th graders are not eligible to apply to this program.
If you have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, then you are not required to upload ACT or SAT scores to apply for the Traditional Scholarship.
If you do not have the required minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, you are required to upload test scores and have scored at least a 16 on the ACT or 800 on the SAT.
Notifications to both recipients and non-recipients will be made via email on May 1. If selected, awardees will attend a required orientation in June where more information regarding the scholarship will be shared.
Selected awardees will begin receiving scholarship funds sent directly to their college or university the fall after high school graduation.
The Traditional Scholarship is valued up to $50,000 paid directly to the college over the course of up to six years.
Yes! We want to ensure you are successful getting to college, completing your degree, and earning a great paying job. Great Jobs KC pairs its awardees with a scholar advocate to support each awardee every step of the way. Great Jobs KC, its partner school districts and its college and universities partners provide assistance such as one-on-one and group advising, assistance with college admissions and scholarship applications, FAFSA completion assistance, advice for parents and families and campus tours. Click here to see other Resources.
No, the Traditional Scholarship cannot be used toward dual credit classes or other college classes taken during high school.
You must graduate from a public, charter, or private high school or be home-schooled in the six eligible counties to receive this Traditional Scholarship.