Kansas City Scholars

OUR MISSION IS YOUR SUCCESS We can help you make your career and college graduation dreams a reality.

aka KC Scholars   |   Kansas City, MO   |
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Kansas City Scholars

EIN: 81-3287932


The mission of KC Scholars is to increase postsecondary education and credential attainment of low- and modest-income young adults and adults, and to significantly expand the number of adults who secure family-sustaining careers.

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Mr. Earl Martin Phalen

Main address

8080 Ward Parkway, Suite 402

Kansas City, MO 64114 USA

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NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

KC Scholars strives to make educational and career goals a reality through scholarship support and bridge gaps between employees and employers.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

KC Scholars

KC Scholars serves low- and modest-income students and adult learners across six-counties: Wyandotte and Johnson Counties in Kansas and Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte in Missouri.  

9th Graders - College Savings Match Awardees to eligible to earn a one-to-one match on college savings up to $1,000, and up to $400 in incentives during high school.
11th Graders Traditional Scholarship - Awardees receive up to $50,000 in scholarships to earn a two-or four-year degree at one of 17 schools in the KC Scholars network.
Adult Learners - College Scholarship -Awardees receive up to $50,000 in scholarships to earn a two-or four-year degree at one of 17 schools in the KC Scholars network.
Adults - Short Term Career Training - a scholarship for approved short-term career training programs, allows adults to get trained in less than 12 months for jobs in construction, healthcare, manufacturing, or information technology. Annual incomes in these jobs range between $45,000-85,000.

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Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of first-entry undergraduate program students who identify themselves as 'visible minorities'or 'non-white'

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Direction of Success


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Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Continue to provide scholarships support for bachelors and associate degrees through existing scholarship program.
Deepen the support provided to our Scholars by our college and career advisors.
Ensure graduates are well positioned to secure promising careers at family-sustaining wages.
Develop workforce development program for adults to earn family-sustaining wages through high demand credentialing and support.

All programs:
Must live in the greater Kansas City metropolitan region in the following 6 counties: Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte in MO and Johnson and Wyandotte in KS; are low-to modest-income; provide wrap around services to help our Scholars succeed.

1. Traditional Scholarships - 11th graders apply for a scholarship of $50,000 over 5 years. These scholarships are for our postsecondary partners.
2. College Savings Match - 9th Graders can received up to $1,400 to create a College Savings Account and save money for college.
3. Adult Learners Scholarship - 18 and older with high school diploma can complete an associates or a bachelors degree. This scholarship is for $10,000 over 5 years ($50,000 total).
4. Great Jobs KC - with the knowledge that college isn't for everyone, Great Jobs KC provides scholarships for approved job training programs in high-demand and high paying industries.

KC Scholars knows how to help low- and moderate-income individuals earn college degrees and have awarded funding to over 6,000 scholars with extraordinary results with an over 90% persistence rate. The KC Scholars team is utilizing learnings from the last six years to help place 32,000 additional adults on career paths to $45,000 – $85,000 by 2032, with at least 20,000 of those individuals being adults of color from different socioeconomic backgrounds with KC Scholars’ new workforce credential program. KC Scholars will produce a minimum of 15,000 college-educated and racially and ethnically diverse workers for our workforce by 2027, all of whom will be encouraged and set up to remain in the region.

As of January 2023, KC Scholars has funded over 6,000 scholarship to young adults and adults. Since it's rollout in September 2022, over 400 Scholars are enrolled in Great Jobs KC.
*77% of our Scholars are first generation college students
*75% of our Scholars are individuals of color
*100% are low- and modest-income individuals, with 88% having an EFC of $4,000 or less
*Traditional Scholars represent over 100 high schools in the greater KC area

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently


Kansas City Scholars
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 FY22
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.62 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Kansas City Scholars’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $4,488,918 -$9,116 -$802,632 -$2,269,725 -$185,741
As % of expenses 213.6% -0.2% -8.6% -17.3% -1.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $4,480,394 -$34,785 -$832,490 -$2,295,851 -$195,780
As % of expenses 212.3% -0.6% -8.9% -17.4% -1.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $4,523,940 $6,278,283 $9,517,258 $12,156,402 $14,737,861
Total revenue, % change over prior year 7.4% 38.8% 51.6% 27.7% 21.2%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.3% 0.8% 0.7% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.7% 99.2% 99.3% 100.0% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,101,845 $5,551,314 $9,316,251 $13,149,003 $15,911,793
Total expenses, % change over prior year 180.9% 164.1% 67.8% 41.1% 21.0%
Personnel 37.9% 18.4% 12.8% 11.2% 14.3%
Professional fees 13.3% 3.5% 1.8% 1.6% 1.0%
Occupancy 2.4% 0.9% 0.8% 0.5% 0.5%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 21.0% 58.9% 72.1% 79.6% 79.2%
All other expenses 25.3% 18.3% 12.5% 7.2% 5.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,110,369 $5,576,983 $9,346,109 $13,175,129 $15,921,832
One month of savings $175,154 $462,610 $776,354 $1,095,750 $1,325,983
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $48,279 $33,250 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,333,802 $6,072,843 $10,122,463 $14,270,879 $17,247,815

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.8 0.3 0.4 0.1 0.1
Months of cash and investments 27.8 12.0 6.8 4.0 2.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 26.3 9.9 4.9 1.4 1.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $147,015 $146,934 $296,978 $154,790 $89,686
Investments $4,724,067 $5,390,974 $4,987,405 $4,215,281 $3,448,577
Receivables $874,796 $1,008,103 $1,463,262 $1,399,684 $1,149,268
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $70,149 $103,399 $103,399 $35,042 $23,053
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 14.4% 34.6% 63.5% 82.0% 93.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.6% 0.2% 0.2% 0.3% 14.6%
Unrestricted net assets $4,674,428 $4,639,643 $3,807,153 $1,511,302 $1,315,517
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,263,339 $1,999,424 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,263,339 $1,999,424 $3,003,063 $4,280,187 $3,291,996
Total net assets $5,937,767 $6,639,067 $6,810,216 $5,791,489 $4,607,513

Key data checks

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Mr. Earl Martin Phalen

Earl Martin Phalen is a nationally recognized pioneer in education and will bring a wealth of educational expertise to KC Scholars and the Kansas City community. He is also the founder and CEO of the George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academies, a national network of primary schools with blended learning programming, and has served as a trustee of the Kauffman Foundation, the organization which founded KC Scholars, since 2016.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Kansas City Scholars

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Kansas City Scholars

Board of directors
as of 01/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ms. Jan Kreamer

KC Scholars

Term: 2017 - 2023

Jeff Simon

Office Managing Partner Husch Blackwell

Michelle Kay

Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Holdings

Tammy Edwards

Senior Vice President Community Engagement and Inclusion Division, and Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

David Warm

Executive Director, Mid-America Regional Council

Jan Kreamer

President and CEO, Greater KC Community Foundation (ret.)

Earl Martin Phalen

CEO, KC Scholars

Beto Lopez

Chief Operating Officer, Guadalupe Centers

Michael Roane

Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer (ret.), JE Dunn Construction Company

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/31/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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Black/African American
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