KCKPS Students Named KC Scholars Scholarship Recipients 

May 1, 2017


Contact: Melissa Fears, Director of Communications & Marketing, (913) 279-2225

Congratulations to 17-year-old J.C. Harmon High School Juniors Cyann Battles and Ivan Bueso who are among the first-ever recipients of the KC Scholars Scholarship Award of $10,000 per year for up to five years to fund their college education. Cyann and Ivan were surprised with the scholarship award announcement Monday, May 1, in the library at J.C. Harmon by Val Salazar, KC Scholars program manager and schools and community outreach coordinator, as well-wishers looked on with excitement.

Kansas City Scholars (KCS) is a scholarship and student support program for low- and modest-income students and adults who reside in one of six counties in the Kansas City metropolitan area: Wyandotte and Johnson Counties in Kansas and Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte Counties in Missouri.

KCS launched in September 2016 with plans to make its first awards in spring 2017 such that the first class of Scholars would enroll in college in the fall of 2019. KC Scholars offers three college scholarship opportunities:

  • Traditional: awarded to students currently enrolled in 11th grade. Awardees will receive up to $10,000 per year, paid directly to the college, renewable up to five years.
  • Adult Learner: awarded to adults ages 24 and older who have previously earned at least 12 college credits but did not receive a postsecondary degree. Awardees will receive up to $5,000 per year, paid directly to the college, renewable up to five years.
  • College Savings Match: awarded to 9th graders for whom a 529 college savings account will be set up and at least 50 selected to be eligible for a 4:1 match on savings.

As you can imagine Cyann and Ivan were thrilled to hear they were recipients of the traditional scholarship.

 “It was amazing to be surprised with this scholarship to help me with my future. This inspires me to push even harder,” said Cyann who will use the scholarship to pursue her goal of becoming an obstetrician and gynecologist. She was presented the scholarship from Anthony Ivory, the sponsor of a memorial scholarship in honor of his late sister Antonia Ivory. Ivory said Cyann reminded him of his sister who also had aspired to become a doctor.   

Ivan was completely caught off guard by the scholarship announcement as well.  “I wasn’t expecting this. I am blessed to have $50,000 for college and excited to help my parents out with the cost of my college education,” Ivan said. His goal is to become a veterinarian.

About noon on May 1, KC Scholars announced in a news release the names of all of the students who will receive scholarships in the metropolitan area.  Click the links for the list of students receiving awards: 9th grade from Wyandotte, J.C. Harmon, F.L. Schlagle, Washington, and Sumner and 11th grade from Wyandotte, J.C. Harmon, F.L. Schlagle, Washington, and Sumner.  There are 37 9th graders receiving matching funds and 64 11th graders receiving traditional scholarships from Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools has scholarship recipients.

Congratulations to these Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools students who continue to Inspire Excellence.

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242