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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 14, 2009

Scholarships available for low-income residents

For the second year, the City of Kansas City, Mo., Youth Advocacy Office, a division of the City Manager’s Office, will help administer a scholarship grant program funded by The Port Authority of Kansas City, Mo., and area casino gaming operators.

The scholarships will serve city residents living in households that have a total annual income of 80 percent or less of the median income of city households.

Scholarship applicants must be 17-25 years old, pursuing educational opportunities at an accredited or certified college, university and vocational/technical school and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Scholarship applications, along with a high school transcript or GED certificate, a 300-word 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. Scholarship applications are available at http://www.kcmo.org/youth or at the Youth Advocacy Office on the 25th floor of City Hall, 414 E. 12th St.

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.

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

People per household

One – less than $29,416
Two – less than $37,713
Three – less than $46,010
Four – less than $59,209
Five – less than $70,146
Six – less than $79,197
Seven – less than $89,380
Eight – less than $99,562
Nine or more – less than $119,173

For more information, visit http://www.kcmo.org/youth or contact Thalia Cherry, youth advocate for the City Manager’s Office at (816) 513-1378.

    
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