Most of the 5,310 scholars in the KC Scholars program said they would not have attended college had they not received the scholarship. At Horizon 2021, Jesus Gonzalez-Morales shared his inspiring story.

KC Scholars is recruiting individuals from a variety of backgrounds to spend approximately 20 hours reviewing scholarship applications mid-March to early April. KC Scholars will need more than 200 community members to review essays and recommendations. This is a great way to become part of a movement in KC to help more Kansas Citians go to and complete college.

If you are looking for a way to give back, make a difference and support individuals’ college dreams, then this role is for you!

Applications are available and open until January 28, 2022. Applicants must complete a 2.5-hour virtual training – so feel free to complete it from the comfort of your home or at your favorite coffee shop! You can also review applications from anywhere as the entire process is online.

Previous application reviewers report that serving as part of KC Scholars was among their most impactful experiences, inspired by applicants’ stories and amazed at the vastly different environments and experiences of individuals living in KC.

For more information, visit or email Amy Shapiro at


About KC Scholars

KC Scholars removes barriers for low- and modest-income high school students and select adults in six counties of the bi-state KC region. The program creates pathways to earning postsecondary credentials and degrees, providing scholarships, incentivizing college savings, educating on college planning, and offering persistence advising. KC Scholars supports racial equity/inclusive prosperity by providing life-changing opportunity, establishing a regional culture of postsecondary completion, and connecting Scholars to high-wage jobs in the region while diversifying the regional workforce. The thousands of individuals benefiting are historically underserved populations based on economic status, race/ethnicity, and history of family college attainment.