It is recommended that you review any scholarship application requirements and disclosures thoroughly before applying, as many opportunities have special requirements that may ask for you to register for a service or like and/or share their social media pages with your friends as a way to market their products and/or services. Please note that you apply at your own discretion.


The Truman Heartland Community Foundation offers a number of different scholarship opportunities for students from Independence. It is known in Eastern Jackson County and surrounding communities as a leader in philanthropy that has been a respected partner in charitable giving for 35 years. Please visit the website listed below to access a variety of applications!
                            Truman Heartland Scholarship Page


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Visit the GKCCF website at to view a wide variety of scholarships. Create a GKCCF account to begin submitting applications HERE.


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CLICK HERE to visit Scholarship Central for a variety of scholarship opportunities for Missouri residents. 

FAQ: I completed a general application. Is that all I have to do?

No. The next step is to apply for specific scholarships and/or interest-free loans. There are no scholarships awarded from the General Application. To apply for a specific scholarship/interest-free loan, select “opportunities” in the blue bar at the top of the page. Then select “ours” to see the open opportunities. These are the scholarships that you can apply to directly on the website.

If you see an opportunity you would like to apply for, click the orange “apply” button. You will then answer additional questions that are for that opportunity only. Click the orange “submit” button on the bottom of the page when you have completed the application.

Click “opportunities” and “external” for a resource list of regional scholarships that do not use Scholarship Central to collect applications. You can link to the websites of these organizations for more information.

Specific Scholarship Central Opporunitites

Missouri Scholarship & Loan Foundation's Access Extra Scholarship   
Application just opened up on March 1st.

The Missouri Scholarship and Loan Foundation’s Access Extra Scholarship is a private scholarship for high school seniors who are eligible for the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program and who scored 28 or higher on the ACT.  Scholarships will be prioritized on a first come, first served basis until the funding is depleted.  May close before posted deadline if all funding is depleted.  

Women Legislators of Missouri Scholarship     Apply by March 15, 2019
Open to female, graduating high school seniors who are Missouri residents.
Open to females who have identified Engineering as their intended college major.  Applicants should have a GPA of 2.5 or better.   


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2019 National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

 FOR STUDENTS: The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, through the generosity of its donors, provides merit-based scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing degrees related to the restaurant industry. Scholarships awards range from $2,500 to $10,000.  Students complete one NRAEF application and the application system will match them to scholarship funds they are eligible for after completing and submitting the application.  


Deadline is March 15th


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Visit UNIGO.COM to search for colleges, scholarships, and to receive more info about the college admissions process.



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CLICK HERE for a link to a list of scholarships provided by the Missouri department of the American Legion.



Hawthorn Bank

Scholarship Program

Hawthorn Bank is proud to award $1,000 scholarships to four deserving high school seniors to help them complete their education. Just answer a few questions, write a couple of short essays and you could be one of the winners.

Deadline is March 31, 2019

Please call 660-890-3003 with any questions you might have.


Eligible sophomores and juniors... enter for your chance to win a $40,000 scholarship + $5,000 tech package in the ACT scholarship giveaway!*

Eligible sophomores and juniors who register for the AprilJune, or July 2019 US national test dates may enter. During registration, check YES to opt-in to the ACT Scholarship Giveaway for your chance to win. It’s just that easy! You may also enter by mail.* See Official Rules for eligibility requirements and entry instructions.

How to Enter If you are an eligible entrant,* register for the April, June, or July ACT test dates and opt-in to participate in the scholarship giveaway when prompted during registration (successful registration and payment is required for an entry). It’s just that easy! You may also enter the giveaway by mail without registering for the test or making a purchase; see Official Rules for details for the alternate method of entry


Jackson County Farm Bureau

College Scholarship Program

Objective: To provide a scholarship available to a maximum of two college students from Jackson County each year to be used at any accredited college or university in the United States.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Scholarship is open to high school seniors and full-time college students.

  2. Must use scholarship as a full time student (12 credit hours minimum) in an accredited college or university in the United States.

  3. Scholarship is to be used for tuition, room and board and/or books.

  4. Any scholarship monies awarded will be distributed to the school directly.

  5. Applicant must submit all ACT, SAT, and PSAT scores prior to first semester of college.

  6. Applicant must submit an official high school transcript along with application.

  7. Proof of acceptance at institution is necessary before the release of scholarship funds can be made.

  8. Current college students must have maintained a 2.0 grade point average to be eligible.

  9. Dependents and family members of Scholarship committee shall not be eligible for this scholarship program during the term of the committee member.

  10. Return applications by Monday, April 1, 2019.

Applications may be sent/delivered to Jackson County Farm Bureau Offices:

Independence office – 2112 S. M-291, Ste B;

Lee’s Summit office – 208 N.W. Executive Way;

Blue Springs office – 2418 SW State Route 7



Chevron/GMiS Scholarship Program

  • What? Chevron, a PLTW Transformative Partner, has announced a
    scholarship opportunity through its partnership with Great Minds in STEM (GMiS). Scholarships range from $500 to $10,000
  • When? The deadline to apply is April 1, 2019.
  • Where? Apply online
  • Who? Applicants must be a graduating high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student pursuing a STEM degree. Applicants must also “be of
    Hispanic descent and/or must significantly demonstrate leadership or
    service within the underserved community.”
  • Questions? Find more details and the online application here.

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The Board of Trustees Scholarship is an institutional scholarship that covers the cost of in-district tuition.  The Scholarship committee reviews applicants in three categories:

1.) Current High School students: Student submits application at Application is complete when a 7th semester transcript is submitted and it shows that the unweighted GPA is at least 3.5.

Scholarship recipients must be planning to enroll in at least 12 credit hours each semester at MCC (i.e. be a full time student).  

The Blue River Scholarship Committee reviews applicants who have turned in all needed documents by April 1.


The Student-View Scholarship is a unique opportunity for high school seniors. 
It is open to all students regardless of academic achievement or financial need.

Student Insights will award the following prizes: (Select your state below to apply)

  • One (1) individual prize of a $4,000 scholarship.
  • Two (2) individual prize of a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Ten (10) individual prizes, consisting of $500 scholarships each
It is exceptionally easy to apply:

* NO minimum SAT or ACT score
* NO minimum grade point average
* NO lengthy, time-consuming paperwork
* NO essays
* NO application fees

Simply complete a 15-25 minute online survey about local colleges. You will then be automatically entered into a random drawing for a scholarship award.

Deadline is April 22, 2019


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High Scholastic Achievement Scholarship

A minimum of five (5) scholarships will be awarded. 

The High Scholastic Achievement Scholarship was established in 1993 to assist graduating high school seniors with financing their first year of college. This scholarship is for high school seniors who personify commitment, integrity, and kindness. The successful applicant should demonstrate community involvement and leadership skills. 


The applicant must: 
• African-American high school senior, graduating in May 2019 from a school in the Greater Kansas City area 
• Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or above after the first semester of their senior year 
• United States citizen 
• Plan to attend a four-year college or university Fall 2019 


Submit a complete application along with the following documents: 

• A personal statement that includes academic status, community service, and educational and career goals (1 page or less, typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman, font size 12) 
• An essay addressing the following question: If you could spend one day with a historical person, real or fiction, who would it be? Explain your choice. What would you talk about and what advice and knowledge would you seek from him/her? (500-words, typed, double-spaced, Times Roman, font size 12) 
• A high school resume of activities capturing your high school career. Such activities may include: academics, extra-curricular activities, community involvement, work experience, religious affiliations, offices held, awards, and other scholarships received. 
• An unofficial high school transcript. 
• Two letters of recommendation from individuals not related to you (at least one must be from a teacher or advisor). 

Deadline: Sunday, March 31, 2019, by 11:59 pm CST

Please have all required documents ready to upload before starting the online application. This application can not be saved.

Completed application and all supporting documents must be uploaded no later than the deadline. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Scholarship Chair, Ms. Lisa Henderson Rowe at

Automobile Dealers of Greater Kansas City

The scholarship provides financial assistance to students graduating from non-chartered public high schools in Johnson, Leavenworth or Wyandotte Counties in Kansas, and Jackson, Cass, Clay or Platte Counties in Missouri.

Students eligible for assistance must meet the following:

  1. Must be a graduating senior from a non-chartered public high school in Johnson, Leavenworth or Wyandotte Counties in Kansas, and Jackson, Cass, Clay or Platte Counties in Missouri;
  2. Must be planning to pursue a degree in the automotive field;
  3. Must have a GPA of 2.75 or above and include transcript with online application;
  4. Must have participated in community service and have worked during high school; and
  5. Must provide one letter of reference with online application.

Preference will be given to applicants that have demonstrated financial need; a copy of the FAFSA is required with online application.

Scholarships will be awarded annually and issued in equal payments in August and December. Those students who receive the award will be eligible to re-apply each year.

A minimum of $2,000 per year. Students may reapply each year.

Supplemental Questions

  1. Please attach one (1) letter of reference from an individual other than a family member that speaks to your character, academic potential, and community involvement.
  2. Please attach your FAFSA Student Aid Report for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Deadline 4/1/2019


Daughters of the American Revolution

The DAR Scholarship Committee awards scholarships to qualified applicants regardless of race, religion or sex. All applicants must be United States citizens. All multi-year scholarships, typically renewable up to four years, must be for consecutive years of attendance at an accredited college or university in the United States. The only exception is the American Indian Scholarship that is available for students pursuing vocational training.


Feel free to contact Bonnie J. Dickson at with questions.



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Calling All Student Leaders

Students of the Year candidates are high school students who are interested in and enthusiastic about volunteerism, philanthropy, and community engagement. 

The Students of the Year campaign is a philanthropic leadership development program through which highly motivated, high-school leaders embark on a journey of professional growth, ensuring that they stand out when preparing for college and beyond. During the program, students foster professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing, and project management in order to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Student leaders fundraise for LLS in honor of children who are blood cancer survivors. The title Student(s) of the Year is awarded to the candidate or co-candidate team in each community that raises the most funds during the 7-week competition.

This campaign will kick off on February 17th, 2019

The winner will receive a $2500 scholarship and a $1000 grant to be given to the school organization of their choosing

CLICK HERE if you are interested in participating or learning more

After submitting an applications someone from your local chapter will contact you to discuss your application further.

Please contact Janeane Werner, Campaign Manager for more info


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United Consumers Credit Union will award two $1,500 scholarships to
credit union members age 17 or older who:

• Have graduated or will be graduating from high school by June
2019 and will attend a college, vocational school or other
accredited post-graduate program on a full-time basis in the fall
semester 2019. Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the

All scholarship applications, essays and letters of reference must be
postmarked no later than March 15, 2019, and sent to:
United Consumers Credit Union
Attn. 2019 Scholarship Committee
1111 E. 23rd Street
Independence, MO 64055

Please note, all application materials will become the sole property
of UCCU, for use at the credit union’s discretion, and will not be
returned to the applicant.


If you have any questions, please contact the credit union at
(816) 325-6900.


Each year the UNICO-Kansas City Chapter awards scholarships to metropolitian Kansas City area high school seniors. UNICO’s major scholarship is a four-year award totaling $8,000 to a graduate of Italian-American heritage who will be attending college next fall. Last year UNICO – Kansas City Chapter awarded $50,000 to worthy high school seniors.The criteria for selection by the Scholarship Committee is equally weighted between scholastic achievements, community service, and financial need. Additional smaller scholarships will also be awarded. Please visit the UNICO website,, for more information. 

Scholarship Applications are due March 18, 2019. Scholarship winners will be announced at Festa Italiana.


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We have updated our Out-of-State Scholarship Grid

We’ve recently made changes to our out-of-state scholarships, which is effective for students starting as freshman in fall 2018. The new scholarships are partial tuition waivers and will vary based on the student’s actual tuition.

Admitted students have already received a letter with their new scholarship amount. If you have students who are interested in KU and have not yet applied, encourage them to apply and we will award to students who apply and meet the criteria.

KU Excellence
30 ACT/1390 SAT +3.75 HS GPA
$64,336 ($16,084/yr)
Equivalent to paying in-state tuition

KU Distinction
28 ACT/1310 SAT + 3.5 HS GPA
$54,320 ($13,850/yr) 
125% of in-state tuition

KU Achievement
24 ACT/1160 SAT +3.25 HS GPA:
$44,308 ($11,077/yr) 
150% of in-state tuition


Free Application for Federal Student Aid

A standard form that collects
demographic and financial information
about the student.

Getting started with the FASFA video

What is the FASFA???

7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out The 2019-2020 FASFA Form

Visit FAFSA's Website

CLICK HERE for information on the process of filling out your FASFA

CLICK HERE to chat with a financial aid rep with questions on your FASFA


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