City Announces Scholarship for Low Income Residents

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Press Release

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The City of Kansas City, Mo., will help administer the 2013 Kansas City, Mo., Opportunities Scholarship Fund, a scholarship grant program funded by The Port Authority of Kansas City, Mo., and area casino gaming operators.

The scholarship serves Kansas City, Mo., young adults ages 17-25 who live in households that have a total annual income of 80 percent or less of the median income of Kansas City, Mo., households. Scholarship applicants also must be pursuing educational opportunities at an accredited or certified college, university or vocational/technical school and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

The scholarships will provide a minimum of $1,000 per academic year and can be used for tuition, books, room and board, and activity fees.

Scholarship applications, along with a high school transcript or GED certificate; a 300-word maximum essay; a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, employer or clergy member; and the most recent IRS tax forms of all members of the household are due by May 1, 2013.

Scholarships are renewable if recipients remain full-time students, stay in good academic standing with their school and continue to live in a household that has a total annual income 80 percent or less of median income of the city, defined as:

Persons per household:

One – Less than $28,051
Two – Less than $35,963
Three – Less than $43,875
Four – Less than $56,462
Five – Less than $66,891
Six – Less than $75,523
Seven – Less than $85,233
Eight – Less than $94,943
Nine or more – Less than $113,644

To apply for this scholarship, visit the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation at http://www.gkccf.org/scholarships/kansascitymissouriopportunitiesscholarshipfund. The application can be submitted electronically or via mail to:

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Attn: Scholarships, 1055 Broadway St., Suite 130, Kansas City, MO 64105

Scholarship recipients will be notified by June 14, 2013.

For more information about the Kansas City, Mo., Opportunities Scholarship Fund or to be mailed an application, please contact Allyson Weber, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, at aweber@gkccf.org or call 816-842-0944.

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