About Scholarships

This website is dedicated to helping Wyandotte County students find scholarships for college. The site is updated frequently to provide students with the most up-to-date information, listing local, organizational, and national scholarships for students in Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. Featured scholarships are geared toward underrepresented groups in higher education (low-income and first-generation college-going students). Our goal is to simplify the scholarship application process by helping students easily identify the scholarships that they can earn.

This is a not-for-profit site and is produced with the sole intention of helping KCK students find scholarships for college as well as internships and community-service opportunities. 

Questions? Please contact us at 913-342-9823 or kutalentsearch@ku.edu

Wichita State Scholarship Competitions

Deadline(s): November 1, 2019

Description: Wichita State University invites you to participate in our annual scholarship competitions. A variety of scholarships are awarded to competition participants, including three of the largest scholarships in Kansas!
MALDEF SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCE GUIDE – 2019-2020

Deadline(s): Ongoing, check the website for details: https://www.maldef.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2019-2020_MALDEF_Scholarship_Resource_Guide.pdf

Description: This is an informative resource guide for students, parents, and educators. MALDEF is not a direct provider of the scholarships on this list. If you are interested in any of the scholarships listed here, please contact the organization directly using the information provided. Thank you.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship

Deadline(s): November 13, 2019; please see website for details.

Description: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholars are selected based on exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, a desire to help others, and leadership. A rigorous application review includes analysis of grades, standardized test scores, participation in available advanced courses, student essays, letters of recommendation, and family finances. Each year 30-40 students will be selected into the program.
Give Back

Deadline(s): In Kansas, during your ninth grade year: SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER 2019 Attend a mandatory information session. COMPLETE THE GIVEBACK ELIGIBILITY CALCULATOR BY NOVEMBER 30TH, 2019 We partner with Kaleidoscope to help families understand if they are Pell Grant eligible.  This form is best completed with the student and parent/guardian (if applicable) together and will ask for tax information from 2018.  CLICK HERE TO BEGIN/CONTINUE THE GEC. COMPLETE THE GIVEBACK SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION BEFORE FEBRUARY 28TH, 2020 If your household meets financial eligibility requirements, Giveback will ask you to complete an online application which will include report cards, essays and letters of reference.   APRIL 2020 If you are selected for further consideration, Giveback will schedule an interview at your high school. MAY 2020 Applicants will be notified of the scholarship committee’s final decision before summer break.

Description: The Give Back program is dedicated to providing scholarships and mentoring to students who’ve faced adverse challenges during their youth—such as the incarceration of a parent, homelessness and foster care.
DR. JUAN ANDRADE JR. SCHOLARSHIP FOR YOUNG HISPANIC LEADERS

Deadline(s): November 30, 2019  11:59PM CT

Description: Since 1982, USHLI has awarded over $1.3 million in scholarships and internships to students from disenfranchised groups. Most notably, the Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship for young Hispanic Leaders seeks to recognize Hispanic students who share Dr. Andrade’s lifelong commitment to servant leadership. Application deadline November 30, 2019 @ 11:59 PM CT Recipients will receive two non-renewable scholarships: A conference scholarship to attend the 38th USHLI National Conference An academic scholarship ($1,000 for a 4-year institution or $500 for a 2-year institution) for undergraduate students.
Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders

Deadline(s): Application November 30, 2019, at 11:59 PM CT.  

Description: Since 1982, USHLI has awarded over $1.3 million in scholarships and internships to students from disenfranchised groups. Most notably, the Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders seeks to recognize Hispanics students who share Dr. Andrade’s lifelong commitment to servant leadership.  Recipients will receive two non-renewable scholarships: conference scholarship to attend the 38th USHLI National Conference An academic scholarship ($1,000 for a 4-year institution or $500 for a 2-year institution) for undergraduate students.
Youth Financial Literacy Foundation

Deadline(s): Submissions must be postmarked by Saturday, December 14, 2019. 

Description: The YFL Scholarship Program is available for current high school seniors and first year college freshman. Applicants with the highest exam scores and strongest essays will receive the following scholarships: 1st place - $25,000 2nd place - $20,000 3rd place - $17,500 4th place - $15,000 5th place - $12,500 6th - 11th place - $10,000 each 12th - 21st place - $7,000 each 22nd - 57th place - $5,000 each Fill out the required Scholarship Application Entry Form. Please make sure your contact information is accurate, as it will be used to contact scholarship recipients.  Once you hit the “submit” button, you will be presented with a pdf download that contains 25 multiple choice questions and three essay questions. Print the document and answer all questions in the financial exam by circling the best answer.  Then, choose one of the three essay questions provided and respond with a maximum of 500 words.
AXA Achievement℠ Scholarship

Deadline(s): Annually on December 15

Description: The AXA Achievementsm Scholarship provides over $1.4 million in scholarships to young people throughout the nation representing all 50 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico. Students have the opportunity to receive a $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. In addition, for every student who wins a scholarship, a grant in the amount of $1,000 will be made to the winner’s school.
Courage To Grow Scholarship

Deadline(s): Monthly, by the 15th.

Description: Each month, Courage to Grow awards a $500 scholarship to an eligible junior or senior in high school, or college student (minimum 2.5 GPA and U.S. citizen) based on a 250-word essay.
Burger King McLamore Foundation Scholarship

Deadline(s): Deadline - December 15, 2019

Description: BURGER KING McLAMORE℠ Foundation, which was established in October 2005, is the charitable arm of the BURGER KING® system and is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The Foundation, together with Burger King Corporation employees, franchisees, suppliers and guests, has been able to make a positive impact in the communities in which we work and live. Today the Foundation administers the BURGER KING℠ Scholars program and the BK℠ Family Fund.
Kansas Foster and Adoptive Children Scholarship Fund

Deadline(s): Ongoing

Description: The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation’s Kansas Foster and Adoptive Children Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to students who are or who have been foster children in the state of Kansas, including foster children who have been adopted. Award amounts vary, and support any type of further education beyond high school, including college, junior college, and vocational, technical and other trade schools.
Hmong American Education Fund Advisors of America Scholarship Program

Deadline(s): Deadlines vary by scholarship. Please see website.

Description: Presented by the Hmong American Education Fund and donated by Advisors of America, this scholarship program financially supports dedicated Hmong American students in their pursuit of higher education. Successful applicants display commitment to academic achievement and service to community, and demonstrate financial need. Scholarships provide grants of up to $500 to attend college or university of choice, and are non-renewable.
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation First-Time Freshman Scholarship

Deadline(s): Please see website.

Description: The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation grants First-Time Freshman Scholarships to students who will be first-time freshmen who are pursuing studies in restaurant and foodservice-related programs. Eligible applicants include graduating high-school seniors, GED graduates and high-school graduates enrolling in college for the first time.
Hixson Opportunity Award

Deadline(s): Submit the Hixson Scholarship application by January 3 by going to ku.academicworks.com

Description: The Hixson Opportunity Award is for Kansas students who would otherwise not be able to attend the University of Kansas. This renewable award is available to eligible freshmen who will enroll for the upcoming fall semester, and it can be combined with other renewable KU scholarships. Ten students will be selected for this award each year, and recipients will be announced by February 1.   $6,000 per year, renewable for a total of four years Ten new recipients are selected per year
William B. Ruggles Journalism Scholarship

Deadline(s): Applications must be received between September 1 and January 31st. All submissions for must be postmarked by January 31st.

Description: The William B. Ruggles Right to Work Scholarship honors the esteemed Texas journalist who coined the phrase “Right to Work”  and contributed greatly to the movement’s advancement. A $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually to the student who exemplifies the  dedication to principle and high journalistic standards of the late  Mr. Ruggles.
Donnelly College Scholarships

Deadline(s): Priority deadline for all 2019-2020 scholarships is February 1st, 2019 (unless otherwise stated)   

Description: College can be affordable, especially at Donnelly! At Donnelly, we are committed to helping you receive plenty of financial aid and to making the process as simple as possible. To apply for scholarships/grants at Donnelly: Complete the admissions application Complete the scholarship/grant application - 30+ Scholarship opportunities on one application! Note: Priority deadline for all 2020-21 scholarships is February 1, 2020  Note: Total institutional scholarship amount cannot exceed total tuition and fees. Check with Financial Aid for more information.  
BMI Student Composer Awards

Deadline(s): Applications must be submitted online no later than Thursday, February 1, 2020, 11:59pm EST

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GPACAC Student Scholarship 2020

Deadline(s): The scholarship application is now open and will close on February 15, 2020.   

Description:   GPACAC Student Scholarship 2020 GPACAC awards up to three scholarships to students in the Great Plains each year. The scholarship amount ranges from $500 to $1,000 per student. The award is intended to help pay for tuition, housing, fees and/or books. Scholarship recipients will be notified of the decision by mid-April. This scholarship is a one-time award and will be mailed to your post-secondary educational institution of choice.    
GPACAC Paul Max Service Scholarship

Deadline(s): The scholarship application is now open and will close on February 15, 2020.    

Description: The 2020 Paul Max Service Scholarship awards one scholarship to a student in the Great Plains each year. The scholarship amount is $1,000. The award is intended to help pay for tuition, housing, fees and/or books. Scholarship recipients will be notified of the decision by mid-April. This scholarship is a one-time award and will be mailed to your post-secondary educational institution of choice.    
GPACAC Counselor-Nominated Scholarship

Deadline(s): The scholarship application is now open and will close on February 15, 2020.   

Description: GPACAC awards up to three scholarships to students in the Great Plains each year. The scholarship amount is $1,000 per student. The award is intended to help pay for tuition, housing, fees and/or books. Scholarship recipients will be notified of the decision by mid-April. This scholarship is a one-time award and will be mailed to your post-secondary educational institution of choice.
The Dream.US Scholarships for DREAMers - National Scholarship

Deadline(s): February 27, 2020, 11:59 PM. PT - Application Closes

Description: TheDream.US scholarships are for highly motivated DREAMers who want nothing more than to get a college education but are unable to afford the cost. They have no access to federal aid, limited access to state aid, and they sometimes face paying out-of-state tuition. About the Award The National Scholarship Award will cover your tuition and fees up to a maximum of $14,500 for an associate degree and $29,000 for a bachelor’s degree, at one of our Partner Colleges. Please note, some Scholars may be eligible for an additional stipend of up to $4,000 (or $1,000 per year) for books, supplies, and transportation.  The award is renewable each year – you simply have to meet the continuing eligibility criteria.
KC Scholars Traditional Scholarship

Deadline(s): Traditional Scholarship applications for current 11th graders will be open January 1 – February 28, 2020

Description: The mission of KC Scholars is to increase postsecondary education attainment in the greater Kansas City area. KC Scholars provides the means – through scholarships, financial incentives to promote college savings, and support services – for low- and modest-income students and adults needing access to pursue and complete a postsecondary credit-bearing credential or degree. KC Scholars provides the opportunity for college for those that likely would not have otherwise attended or completed. How to prepare: https://kcscholars.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2020PrepList.pdf
Go-Long Scholarship

Deadline(s): Annually on March 1

Description: The Go-Long mantra is to give of oneself, to live life fully and to never give up. The Go-Long team formed in 2002 when a group of football-loving friends decided to give back to the Kansas City community. Go-Long seeks to enrich the lives of young people who aspired to attend college. Scholarship funds are raised through a yard-work and neighborhood-beautification business, in which 100 percent of all earnings are dedicated to the Go-Long Scholarship Fund. Since 2009, Go-Long has awarded $34,000 in scholarships. In addition, Go-Long volunteers provide scholarship recipients with neighborhood-beautification service projects, which raise funds to fuel the next class of Go-Long scholars. Scholarship amounts vary and are non-renewable.
Missouri Courage Scholarship

Deadline(s): March 1, 2020

Description: Our application is open to all graduating seniors in Missouri, and submissions must be made by March 1, 2020 MCS has awarded over $40,000 since 2016. Awards range from $1,000-$3,000. If you have questions or difficulty accessing the application, please email admin@courage-scholarship.org. MCS may request additional information to help us determine final award recipients (e.g., transcript, FAFSA information, etc).
The Jerry Bailey Educational Opportunity Scholarship

Deadline(s): March 1, 2020

Description: The Jerry Bailey Educational Opportunity Scholarship provides financial support for low-income, underrepresented and first-generation students as they pursue an undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas. One to two recipients yearly will receive a one-time award, ranging from $750 to $1,500. The yearly application period is January 1–March 1 for awards the following fall. All documents and admissions/financial need processes must be completed and submitted by March 1. Applications postmarked or emailed after this deadline will not be considered. Scholarship recipients will be notified by April 15.
Honeywell Opportunity for Prosperity through Education Scholarship - Junior class application

Deadline(s): The deadline to apply is March 1, 2020

Description: The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide talented high school students who are economically challenged with a funded path to a post secondary degree focused on a career in a manufacturing trade or technical profession. Supplemental Questions What trade or technical program are you interested in pursuing? Please provide at least 3-5 sentences answering the following essay questions: A. Why do you think a trade/technical program is the right path for you? How would the HOPE program help you achieve your career goals? B. Do you have any barriers to paying for college courses? If so, please describe these barriers. C. Tell us a little about yourself. What drives you to succeed? What strategies will you use to ensure your success in the HOPE program and your college courses? (example: attend all classes)
Shawn Carter Scholarship

Deadline(s): Annually: April 1 opens application window; April 30 closes application window.

Description: he Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund (SCSF) was founded on the belief that any motivated individual in need should have the opportunity to further his or her education. By removing some of the financial burdens associated with going to, surviving in, and graduating from college, the SCSF plays a vital role in increasing college access and success for many motivated yet underserved youth and young adults. The SCSF provides individual grants, paid directly to the educational institution, to every student who qualifies and reapplies yearly, from admission to graduation. The grant can be used to cover tuition expenses and related supplemental educational expenses such as books, lab fees, travel and select costs of living. All Shawn Carter Scholars are required to “give back” by conducting community service and by serving as mentors to younger, aspiring Shawn Carter Scholars.
Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

Deadline(s): APRIL 30, 2020

Description: Have you read one of Ayn Rand’s thought-provoking novels? Now’s the time! Enter an Ayn Rand Institute essay contest for your chance to win thousands of dollars in scholarship prize money. ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for more than thirty years. This year we will award over 230 prizes, totaling more than $70,000.
Ayn Rand The Fountainhead Essay Contest

Deadline(s): MAY 28, 2020

Description: Have you read one of Ayn Rand’s thought-provoking novels? Now’s the time! Enter an Ayn Rand Institute essay contest for your chance to win thousands of dollars in scholarship prize money. ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for more than thirty years. This year we will award over 230 prizes, totaling more than $70,000.
Full Circle Scholarship

Deadline(s): Full Circle scholarship applications are accepted every year from Jan 1 – May 31

Description: FULL CIRCLE SCHOLARSHIP The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native college students seeking under- graduate and graduate degrees at: – Tribal colleges & universities – All nonprofit & accredited schools: Tribal colleges and universities All non-profit & accredited schools   HOW TO APPLY: Here are the basic items that you will need to apply for the Full Circle Scholarship Digital photo – Upload a digital photo that’s at least 1.5 MB in size. We share photos with donors, so please ensure it looks professional. Read more in our Application Photo Q&A. Tribal Affiliation – Upload a copy of your proof of tribal enrollment (ID or CIB) or descendency by submitting your parent’s or grandparent’s proof of tribal enrollment along with your birth certificates that proves descendancy. Transcripts – Upload your most recent college transcript. (unofficial transcripts are accepted). High school students should submit transcripts or GED scores.  
Angel and Maude Munoz Scholarship

Deadline(s):

Description: Awards are granted on a first-come, first-served basis provided the applicant is a qualified student. Cosmetology awards may not exceed 50% of the actual tuition cost or up to a maximum of $4,000, whichever is less, for the entire program of study. Community college awards may not exceed 50% of actual tuition cost or up to a maximum of $4,000, whichever is less, per academic year. Students may receive the award for a maximum of two years. Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each academic term they meet eligibility requirements.   Visit website for Application Instructions 
Scholarships Open to Undocumented Students

Deadline(s): Varies

Description: Please see website for a list of scholarships available for undocumented students.
Mega List of Scholarships

Deadline(s): Varies 

Description: See website for full list of scholarships.
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation Scholarship Page

Deadline(s): Yearly, see website for full list of scholarships and deadlines.

Description: We encourage students to research the following scholarship opportunities, bookmark relevant scholarships and apply online at gkccf.academicworks.com.
UMKC Scholarship Page

Deadline(s): Varies. See link for full list of scholarship and deadlines

Description: See website for full list of scholarships and deadlines
Immigrants Rising Scholarships

Deadline(s): Yearly. See website for list of scholarships and deadlines

Description: Immigrants Rising’s Scholarship Fund (previously called New American Scholars Fund) provides financial awards to low-income immigrant college and graduate students who live and/or attend school in the San Francisco Bay Area. We provide scholarships of up to $7,000 to cover tuition and other expenses. Scholars are selected for their academic excellence, financial need, and community impact; they are also expected to maintain a minimum GPA (2.8 for college students and 3.0 for graduate students), and participate in ongoing Immigrants Rising’s programming, events, and activities throughout the year.
Hispanic Development Fund

Deadline(s): See website for deadlines: https://hdfkc.org/scholarships#node-364  

Description: The Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship Program awards more than $550,000 annually in college scholarships to Hispanic high school and college students from the Kansas City metro area. These awards allow Latino youth to accomplish their personal goals and change their communities.