The Kansas City Star - - Front Page - BY MARÁ ROSE WIL­LIAMS md­williams@kc­

Thanks to a part­ner­ship with a lo­cal non­profit, UMKC plans to of­fer $20 mil­lion in schol­ar­ships for 400 stu­dents.

The Univer­sity of Mis­souri Kansas City ex­pects to hand out 400 more schol­ar­ships to low- and mod­er­ate-in­come stu­dents, thanks to a part­ner­ship with a lo­cal non­profit.

UMKC Chan­cel­lor C. Mauli Agrawal an­nounced Thurs­day dur­ing his sta­teof-the-cam­pus ad­dress that the univer­sity is part­ner­ing with KC Schol­ars to ex­pand its schol­ar­ship pro­gram. UMKC and KC Schol­ars will each con­trib­ute $10 mil­lion into the pro­gram.

UMKC cur­rently has 46 KC Scholar re­cip­i­ents en­rolled. With the new $20 mil­lion com­bined com­mit­ment from the univer­sity and KC Schol­ars, UMKC stu­dents would ben­e­fit from an ad­di­tional 400 schol­ar­ships over nine years, each worth $10,000 a year for five years.

On Fri­day and Mon­day, the univer­sity and KC Schol­ars planned to no­tify 80 metro area stu­dents that they are the first re­cip­i­ents of the new schol­ar­ships.

“We are tak­ing our part­ner­ship with the KC Schol­ars or­ga­ni­za­tion to a whole new level,” Agrawal said. He said that while KC Schol­ars helps hun­dreds of stu­dents who might oth­er­wise strug­gle to af­ford col­lege or not go at all, many more stu­dents who haven’t been reached.

“So I am proud to say that UMKC is step­ping up to meet that chal­lenge. As the univer­sity that was cre­ated to serve this com­mu­nity, this is our role and our re­spon­si­bil­ity,” Agrawal said.

KC Schol­ars was launched with a $79 mil­lion con­tri­bu­tion from the Kauffman Foun­da­tion in 2016 to help needy stu­dents af­ford col­lege. The pro­gram awards ap­prox­i­mately 500 col­lege schol­ar­ships each year to re­cent high school grad­u­ates and adult learn­ers liv­ing in the metro area to at­tend one of 17 part­ner col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties in Mis­souri and Kansas.

The new part­ner­ship an­swers part of a prom­ise that UM Sys­tem Pres­i­dent Mun Choi made ear­lier this year to in­vest $100 mil­lion in new schol­ar­ship pro­grams, in­clud­ing $75 mil­lion avail­able to stu­dents based on need. UMKC is the first of the sys­tem’s four cam­puses to of­fer a schol­ar­ship match pro­gram un­der Choi’s ex­panded schol­ar­ship prom­ise.

Agrawal also an­nounced sev­eral new ini­tia­tives, in­clud­ing:

Im­proved and ex­panded A on-cam­pus stu­dent hous­ing

Im­prov­ing grad­u­a­tion A rates

Grow­ing en­roll­ment

A by 50 per­cent over 50 years

Dou­bling re­search

A grants over a span of 10 years

“It won’t be easy,” Agrawal said. “It will take ef­fort, en­thu­si­asm, com­mit­ment, tal­ent and cre­ativ­ity. But it can be done.

“Spec­tac­u­lar can hap­pen here. We owe it to our stu­dents, to our com­mu­nity and to our­selves. Oth­er­wise, why are we here?”


UMKC Chan­cel­lor C. Mauli Agrawal

SHANE KEYSER The Kansas City Star

Chan­cel­lor C. Mauli Agrawal, cen­ter, an­nounced Thurs­day that the univer­sity is part­ner­ing with KC Schol­ars to ex­pand its schol­ar­ship pro­gram.

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