Program offers a wealth of aid for poor with college ambitions
— reported by the Kansas City Star
That is why the Kauffman Scholars program, funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, struck a three-year, $1.4 million partnership with The Princeton Review to help back Kauffman’s guarantee of a free college education to qualifying students and families.
Members of the first class of Kauffman Scholars, who came into the program as seventh-graders in 2003, are high schoolers now.
The Princeton Review will provide Kauffman Scholars with tests to gauge college readiness, along with college admission counseling and preparation for the entrance exams.
The Kauffman Foundation launched its Scholars program in 2003 for incoming seventh-graders from district and charter schools in the Kansas City and Kansas City, Kan., school districts. A second class of seventh-graders joined in 2005, and the foundation now is recruiting current sixth-graders and a limited number of ninth-graders to enter the program for the 2006-07 school year.
The program accepts students who meet academic and financial guidelines, and who are willing, with their parents, to commit to extra instruction and academic and life counseling. In return, the Kauffman program supports them through college.
The program is holding meetings through the end of March for families interested in applying to join Kauffman Scholars. To reserve a place at one of the meetings, call (816) 932-1206 or go to www. kauffmanscholars.org.