Black Community Scholarship Fund

The Black Community Scholarship Fund was established by the Black Community Fund (BCF) Board of Directors to provide scholarship support to African-American students from the Greater Kansas City area seeking educational advancement through a college or university degree or accredited certificate program in areas and fields determined by the Black Community Fund Board of Directors.


This is a highly competitive opportunity. The BCF receives well over 100 applications annually. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must meet the following:

  • The students shall be of African-American heritage and, at the time of application,
  • reside in the six (6) county Kansas City metropolitan area (Jackson, Platte, Clay and Cass counties in Missouri, Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas).
  • The student must be a graduating high school senior, a current college student, or an adult seeking educational or career advancement through an accredited degree or certification program at a two or four year college and/or nonprofit technical school.

The 2021-2022 scholarships will give priority to students pursuing degrees in the fields of Healthcare, Education, Youth Development, Liberal and Performing Arts or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

By accepting the scholarship, the awardee agrees to perform 16 hours of community service within the year with an organization selected by the student and approved by the Black Community Fund Board of Directors.

Consideration will be given to the student's academic and civic performance, community service record and essay quality.

Student must continue to attend classes regularly and maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average (or equivalent).

Decisions are made at the sole discretion of the Black Community Fund Board of Directors or its designees.

Previous recipients of a BCF scholarship may reapply through this process.

Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis and may be disbursed in two (2) payments: June and January. A minimum of $3,000 will be paid in one installment. A second installment of $2,000 may be awarded in the student’s second semester upon proof of good academic progress (transcript required as proof), community service and need for the additional resources as demonstrated by a current bill/invoice from the institution.

March 18. Announcements will be made in June with an awards reception for scholars and donors to the program in July.​

Previous recipients of the Black Community Scholarship can download the Optional Volunteer Tracking Sheet.