Kauffman Foundation Awards $2.5 Million for Kansas City Students

The has announced grants totaling $2.5 million in support of a new network of charter schools in Kansas City's Midtown neighborhood and ten local college scholarship programs.

will receive a grant of $1 million from the foundation — as well as grants of $650,000 from the and $1 million from the  — for its , which will open two elementary schools in the neighborhood in the summer 2016. By 2027-28, CWC Schools expects to serve more than sixteen hundred students in a network of two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school.

In addition, the foundation awarded a grant of $1.5 million in support of ten local scholarship programs targeting lower-income minority and/or first-generation college students. Recipients include the ; the ' Diploma Plus program; the ; ; the ; the ; .'s Tony Aguirre Scholarship;; the postsecondary program; and the / postsecondary program.

"Ewing Kauffman recognized the importance of an education beyond high school in leading a productive, economically independent life," said Kauffman Foundation acting president and CEO Wendy Guillies. "Providing postsecondary completion incentives for more students in Kansas City is part of the Kauffman Foundation's legacy, and these scholarship grants will provide even more local students with college opportunities beyond those currently participating in Kauffman Scholars."

"." Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Press Release 01/08/2015.