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Ruskin High School Students Win Prestigious KC Scholars Awards

Great Jobs KC LogoOver the years, many Ruskin High School students have been able to attend college thanks to the generosity of Great Jobs KC, formerly known as KC Scholars. This year is no exception.

During the first round of the 2024 KC Scholars Awards, six Ruskin High School students were selected to receive either a 9th-grade College Savings Match Scholarship or an 11th-grade $50,000 scholarship. The deserving winners are:

  • Umaiyyah Imran
  • Lena Toombs
  • Michael McNamee
  • Sarai Diaz Ramirez
  • Mackenzie Britt
  • Awais Shahid

These scholars, Umaiyyah, Lena, Michael, Sarai, Mackenzie, and Awais, have each embarked on a unique and inspiring academic journey. Their achievements, a testament to their hard work and the unwavering support they have received from their families and educators, are truly commendable.

The KC Scholars Program Match and Incentive program provides eligible students with a 1:1 match and incentives up to $1,400 towards college. This one-time award ensures that match and incentive participants must enroll in college full-time following high school graduation to receive Great Jobs KC funding. Research shows that students with 529 College Savings Plans are four times more likely to complete college, highlighting the importance of these awards.

The 11th grade Traditional Scholarship offers up to $50,000, paid directly to the college, over up to six years. Ewing Marion Kauffman believed nothing should stand in the way of anyone wanting a college degree. Great Jobs KC carries forward this mission by removing barriers that prevent low- and moderate-income students from achieving their dreams of higher education.

These scholarships are a testament to the hard work and potential of our students, and they provide a significant boost toward their future success. Congratulations to Umaiyyah, Lena, Michael, Sarai, Mackenzie, and Awais for their well-deserved recognition. We are immensely proud of your accomplishments and look forward to seeing all you will achieve in the future.

Visit their website to learn more about Great Jobs KC and their scholarship programs.

Empowering Futures, One Scholarship at a Time

The success of these students is a powerful testament to the impact of community support and educational opportunities. With its unwavering commitment, Great Jobs KC continues to play a crucial role in helping students from Ruskin High School and beyond access higher education, paving the way for brighter futures.

Together, with the invaluable support of our community, we can help every student reach their full potential. Congratulations again to our scholars, and here's to many more success stories in the future!