UMKC Announces Scholarships and Early College Program for KCPS Students
Kansas City Public Schools is partnering with the University of Missouri-Kansas City to save families thousands of dollars on a college degree. UMKC will provide automatic, renewable scholarships to any student who enrolls in KCPS or North Kansas City public schools. Additionally, students in both districts can earn on-campus college credit at UMKC prior to high school graduation for additional savings.
The initiative is a huge win for the Kansas City community – and for students and their families.
“As the University of Kansas City, we are committed to increasing student access to college here at home,” said Kristi Holsinger, senior vice provost for student success at UMKC. “Through this partnership, students will save money, graduate sooner after high school graduation, and continue to serve our community through rewarding careers.”
UMKC has introduced a new automatic scholarship of $1,500 for up to five years for any student in the KCPS or NKC school districts. The scholarship is cumulative, which means that it can also be combined with any other prize.
And UMKC’s Early College Academy allows eligible high school students to take classes on campus during the school day. It is open to KCPS-qualified juniors and seniors and NKC-qualified seniors. Students earn both high school and college credits through their UMKC courses. Tuition fees, at a reduced rate, are covered by KCPS and NKC.
“The Early College Academy model makes so much sense for our scholars,” said Jennifer Collier, Ed.D., acting superintendent of KCPS. “We know the partnership with UMKC will open doors for KCPS students.”
Jayla Williams is one of the first KCPS students to participate in the program. Williams, who is in her first semester, said that in the first few weeks she has already had the chance to connect with her professors and meet friends in her classes.
“It was an easy adjustment because my school prepared me,” Williams said. “I do something that a lot of people don’t do. I am doing something that improves my future.