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Youth Advocacy Office announces scholarship for low-income residents

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Youth Advocacy Office, a division of the City Manager’s Office, will help administer a 10-year scholarship grant program funded by The Port Authority of Kansas City, Mo., and area casino gaming operators.

The scholarship 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 also must be between 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.

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 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 of each year.

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 80 percent of less of median income of the city, defined as:

Persons per household
One – less than $28,294
Two – less than $36,274
Three – less than $44,255
Four – less than $56,951
Five – less than $67,470
Six – less than $76,176
Seven – less than $85,970
Eight - $95,765
Nine or more – less than $114,627

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

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