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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 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 or contact Thalia Cherry, youth advocate for the City Manager’s Office at (816) 513-1378.

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