Black Community Fund

Enhancing Black communities in Kansas City.

June 2021

We are pleased to announce that BCF has awarded college scholarships to a record 47 Kansas City area students. The scholarships awarded amount to over $175,000, due to a generous anonymous donation to the fund in December as well as matching partnerships with Lincoln Prep High School and Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Since 2010, BCF has awarded individual college scholarships to area students seeking careers in high-demand fields including the life sciences, education, performing arts and youth development. Thanks to individual charitable giving and support from area foundation and corporate partners, BCF’s scholarship program has increased from five scholarship awards in 2010 to 47 in 2021. To date, BCF has awarded more than half a million dollars to Kansas City area students so they may pursue their academic and career aspirations. BCF has also granted more than $4.2 million to approximately 200 local organizations that work to enhance socio-economic aspects of the Black community in the Greater Kansas City area.

BCF scholars can be found in 38 U.S. institutions, including five historically Black colleges and universities. This year’s students will be attending: Grand Canyon University, Benedictine College, Avila University, Xavier University of Louisiana, University of Central Missouri, University of Missouri —  Columbia, University of Kansas, Spelman College, University of Missouri — Kansas City, Rochester Institute of Technology, Morehouse College, Missouri University of Science, Ottawa University, Howard University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Langston University, and Rockhurst University.

Among the 47 awarded this year were scholarships honoring founding Black Community Fund Board Members G. Lawrence Blankinship Jr. and Reverend Jimmie Banks, as well as a scholarship funded by Arvest Bank.

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About the Black Community Fund

The Black Community Fund (BCF), an affiliate of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, was established by the Hall Family Foundation in 1983. Its mission is to provide support and leadership to enhance socio-economic aspects of African-American communities in the Greater Kansas City area.

BCF has awarded more than $4.5 million to more than 200 nonprofit organizations addressing critical community needs. In 2010, BCF launched an academic scholarship program. Students receive a minimum of $5,000 and commit to 16 hours of community service. 84 students make up BCF's college-going pipeline, and they have a presence in 33 U.S. institutions from HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) to Ivy Leagues.

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NaTika Rowles, Executive Director or 816.268.3296

Board of Directors:

Emmet Pierson, Jr., Board Chair
Damon Bryant, Vice Chair
Shannon Berry
Dan Haley
Rhonda Holman
Darron Story


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