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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 16, 2010

City announces scholarship for low income residents

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Office of Civic and Community Engagement, a division of the City Manager’s Office, will help administer an 11-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 of age, pursuing educational opportunities at an accredited or certified college, university or vocational/technical school and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

"The Office of Civic and Community Engagement was created to improve the City's communication with our City's schools and neighborhoods, and I can't think of a better way for the office to make a difference quickly," said Mayor Mark Funkhouser. "I'm proud to see the City doing what it can to partner with the Port Authority and support all of our schools and students. I encourage all high school and college students who might qualify to take part, and I wish them the best."

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, 2011.

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

Persons per household

One – less than $29,960

Two – less than $38,481

Three – less than $46,861

Four – less than $60,305

Five – less than $71,444

Six – less than $80,662

Seven – less than $91,033

Eight – less than $101,404

Nine or more – less than $121,378

For more information, visit www.kcmo.org/youth or contact Thalia Cherry at 816-513-1378.

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