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City of Kansas City, Mo.

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CONTACT: Mary Charles, city communications officer, (816) 513-1356

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 11, 2010

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 of Kansas City, Mo., 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.

Each scholarship is renewable if the recipient remains a full-time student, stays in good academic standing with the institution attending and continues to live in a household that has a total annual income that is 80 percent or less of the median income of the city, defined as:

Persons per household –

One – less than $29,165

Two – less than $37,391

Three – less than $45,617

Four – less than $58,704

Five – less than $69,547

Six – less than $78,521

Seven – less than $88,616

Eight – less than $98,712

Nine or more – less than $118,155.

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

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