Creating College Opportunities for Parents and Students

Barriers to getting into, paying for and persisting through college inhibit many students and adults across the country from achieving their dream of graduating from college. The Kansas City Scholars Program (KC Scholars) recognized that one of the biggest barriers is the financial burden. The scholarship and college savings match program, incubated out of the Kauffman Foundation, “aims to help low- and modest- income students and adult learners finance their post-secondary education. This year they announced their first scholarship recipients and I was fortunate enough to chat with a mother/daughter team who are part of the inaugural cohort.

In the podcast, La’Tia and Payton Johnson (both KC Scholarship recipients) share the trials and tribulations they have gone through to be able to access post-secondary education. They are truly inspiring and remind us that even though there are obstacles, the fight is worth it and to keep chasing your dreams – be that to attend college or pursuing something else.

About KC Scholars

Kansas City Scholars (“KC Scholars”) is a scholarship and college savings match program, with the mission to increase postsecondary attainment in the greater Kansas City metro area. KC Scholars provides three types of scholarships – Traditional, Adult Learner and College Savings Match – to low- and modest- income youth and adults in Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte (MO), Johnson and Wyandotte (KS) counties. KC Scholars is a community-driven initiative, supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. For more information, visit and follow KC Scholars on Twitter and Facebook.

For more about the KC Scholars program, read the full press release.

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Emily Liebtag

Emily Liebtag, Ed.D., is Education Reimagined's Senior Partner for Systems Transformation. Formerly, Emily served as the Vice President of Advocacy at Getting Smart.

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