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.


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The Independence Foundation Scholarship site has been updated and can be accessed by CLICKING HERE. All forms and application materials needed to fill out each of the scholarships are available by CLICKING HERE and are to be filled out electronically and printed. Completed applications should be stapled together. 

Click on individual scholarships listed on the Foundation website and READ the directions carefully when filling out applications:

  • essays and autobiographies should be between one and two pages and double spaced
  • transcripts can be processed and printed out by Mrs. Adams in the counseling center after 1st semester grades have been entered
  • requests for letters of recommendation should be made at least two weeks in advance and you should provide the individual with a student information form which is embedded in the Scholarship Presentation and is also available in the counseling center
  • some scholarships are dedicated towards certain schools or students of particular interests so again READ THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY 
  • All applications will be due to the counseling center by Thursday, February 14th at 4:00PM and will be accepted starting Monday, February 4th

KC Scholars

KC Scholars is excited to share a great scholarship opportunity for current 9th and 11th graders as well as adults looking to return to college to complete their degree. 
The KC Scholars scholarship application opens on January 1 and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2019. 
• Traditional Scholarship – For current 11th graders – at least 250 selected to receive up to a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to 5 years. 
• College Savings Account/Match – For current 9th graders – up to 500 students selected to receive $50 in a 529 college savings account and at least 50 students selected to receive up to $7,000 of match and incentive funds. 
• Adult Learner Scholarship – For adults with some college but no degree – and starting in 2019, adults who have an associate degree and will return to complete a bachelor’s degree – up to 200 selected to receive up to a $5,000 scholarship renewable for up to 5 years 
For more information and eligibility requirements, visit
You can also follow KC Scholars on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter - @KCScholars

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Comcast Leaders and Achievers® 
Scholarship Program

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program recognizes students for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills.This year, scholarships of $2,500 will be awarded to over 800 students nationwide.

Applicants must:

  • Have a demonstrated commitment to community service, outstanding qualities in character, integrity and leadership
  • Be enrolled as a high school senior
  • Reside in a community served by Comcast 
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2019- 2020 academic year
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)
  • Demonstrate financial need

Deadline to apply is December 7, 2018.

Tell students to visit to learn more and apply today!


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CLICK HERE FOR :$1000 Scholarship Application for 2019 Seniors

Scholarships are determined based on achievement, volunteerism, honors, educational objective, letters of recommendation, financial need, and a Kiwanis family bonus.


We are pleased that you are applying for an Earl Collins Foundation Scholarship. In addition to Earl Collins Foundation Scholarship, The Kiwanis Club of Independence will offer additional scholarship opportunities.

In addition to the $1,000 scholarship, the top three local Earl Collins Foundation applicants to the Kiwanis Club of Independence will be eligible to receive one of the following:

First Place:
$500 Scholarship and entered as a finalist for the $1,000 Earl Collins Foundation Scholarship.

Second Place:
$250 Scholarship

Third Place:
$250 Scholarship

To be eligible for these additional funds, all applicants must complete the Earl Collins Foundation scholarship, which is attached.

For consideration, applicants are responsible for the following:

  • Applying for entrance to an accredited institution of higher learning, i.e., a junior or community college or university.

  • Submit application form with appropriate attachments (see page 2 and 3) to the Kiwanis Club of Independence.

  • Include materials required from the school principal, faculty members and parents. Those items are listed at the bottom of the application.

  • Submit applications before Holiday Break…December 21, 2018.

  • If you have questions, contact



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.


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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The Independence Host Lions Club will provide a $500.00 Scholarship for a graduating senior from each of the following high schools:  William Chrisman, Truman, and Van Horn high schools in Independence, Missouri who demonstrates a commitment to community service.


1. The applicant must have a commitment to community service and have demonstrated that commitment with emphasis on service to the local community.

2. The recipient must have met the requirements and have been accepted to the College or University of their choice. 

3. Although this scholarship is not based on GPA, we ask that you include a copy of your High School transcript with the application.

  • Fill in the attached application and return it to the address provided below.
  • Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2019, or they will not be accepted.
  • The scholarship will be recognized at the respective high school’s awards assembly.
  • The check will be mailed to the College or University that the student will attend.

Please mail before March 1, 2019 to:

Independence Host Lions Club
P.O. Box 49
Independence, MO 64050




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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


Arthur M. and Berdena King Eagle Scout Award

Presented by the Sons of the American Revolution

How much: $10,000 for first place, $6,000 for second place and $4,000 for third place

Who’s eligible: All Eagle Scouts under 19 years old

Deadline: Varies by chapter. Find your state’s SAR society contact here.

What’s required: Application listing Scouting and school achievements and an essay about the Revolutionary War.

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Questions: Email your state’s contact person here.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Scout of the Year

How much: $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place

Who’s eligible: Young people who are are least 15 and registered, active members of a Boy or Girl Scout Troop, Venturing Crew, or a Sea Scout Ship who have received the Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scout Gold Award, Venturing Summit Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award.

Deadline: March 1

What’s required: Application, photograph, school participation record, Scouting record, community service record and three letters of recommendation.

LinkVFW Scout of the Year

Questions: Email

American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year

How much: $10,000 for the winner and $2,500 apiece for three runners-up

Who’s eligible: Eagle Scouts who are at least 15 and registered, active members of a Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing Crew chartered to an American Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary unit or Sons of The American Legion squadron — or Eagle Scouts who are registered, active members of a chartered Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing Crew, and the son or grandson of a Legionnaire, Sons of The American Legion or Auxiliary member,

Deadline: March 1

What’s required: Application, photograph, school participation record, Scouting record, community service record, religious award record and four letters of recommendation.

LinkAmerican Legion Eagle Scout of the Year

Questions: Email


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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.


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



The Bess Wallace Truman Scholarship

The Bess Wallace Truman Scholarship was created by Junior Service League of Independence to honor the memory of First Lady of the United States, Bess Wallace Truman, who was active in many community service organizations in Independence.


  • Must be a current resident of Independence, Missouri;
  • Must be a female graduating high school senior attending public, private or home school;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at any accredited college or university;
  • Must have demonstrated academic merit with minimum GPA of 2.5, community service experience, school involvement and financial need;
  • Must NOT be a daughter, granddaughter or stepdaughter of a Junior Service League member.


Up to $2,000 per academic year.


Yes, this scholarship can be renewed for three additional years of funding at $1,000 per academic year. A renewal application must be submitted with proof of continuing college enrollment, continuing community service and a minimum college GPA of 2.5.


New applications must be submitted by February 1, 2019

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. 


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


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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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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




The Phil Roberts Scholarship will be awarded to several worthy graduates of Eastern Jackson County high schools who would like to pursue a bachelor’s degree with a major in business, science or mathematics.  Three applicants may be selected each year with a preference for music or performing arts as a major field of study.  The scholarship is for $1,000 per semester or $2,000 per year.  The applicant must attend one of the following institutions:

  • University of Missouri - Columbia

  • University of Missouri at Kansas City

  • Metropolitan Community Colleges (located in Jackson County)

  • Missouri State University – Springfield

  • University of Central Missouri– Warrensburg

  • Northwest Missouri State University – Maryville

  • Truman State University – Kirksville

  • Missouri Western State University – St. Joseph

  • Missouri Southern State University – Joplin

The students will be selected on the following criteria:

  1. Certification by the applicant that he or she is a non-user of tobacco, alocholic beverages, or drugs in any form.

  2. Demonstrate financial need.  Financial need is to be construed as including the financial condition and resources of the parents or guardians of the applicant.

  3. Demonstrate evidence of academic ability to successfully complete goal.

  4. Demonstrate the desire and determination to persevere in attaining a stated goal.

  5. Demonstrate meritorious character and leadership potential.

  6. The applicant must declare a preference for a major in business, science, mathematics, and one applicant may be selected each year with a preference for music or the performing arts.  Students should respond in writing to these questions and submit the response along with the application and signed statement.

‚ÄčThis scholarship is not available to students whose parents or relatives are employees or have been employees of the Independence School District or any other school district, except beginning in 2014 and continuing thereafter, Independence School District students, whose parents are not supervisory employees of the District and are employed as bus drivers or food service employees, said students may apply for two Phil Roberts Scholarships available to them.

Please complete and submit all forms to:

Phil Roberts Scholarship
Attn:  Annette Miller
201 North Forest Avenue
Independence, Missouri 64050

If you have any questions contact Annette Miller (

Failure to complete the application fully or to omit required material may result in not being considered for the scholarship.                        

Click below for all electronic application forms:
Phil Roberts Scholarship Application
Phil Roberts Release Form
Phil Roberts Scholarship Financial Need Application
Phil Roberts Non-User Agreement

Phil Roberts Criteria Page


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