Full-Tuition Scholarship Through KC Scholars Tuition Promise


William Jewell College announces the launch of the KC Scholars Tuition Promise. Tuition Promise dollars are automatically awarded to those first-year or transfer students who have a KCS Traditional Scholarship of $10,000/academic year. When added to the KCS award, the $8,360 Tuition Promise grant matches the cost of full tuition at William Jewell. Awarding begins immediately for the 2022-2023 academic year for KC Scholars enrolling as new first-year or new transfer students at William Jewell College in fall 2022.

“I’m excited about this addition to our scholarships and grants program because it empowers equity and generates more access for students in the KCS network. With this program in addition to our lower tuition, Jewell continues to signal that our college is serious about serving the students of our greater Kansas City community,” said Dr. Rodney Smith, vice president of access and engagement.

Jewell’s “Opportunity Without Barriers” tuition recast plan included a new tuition price of $18,360 (before aid) for the 2021-2022 academic year, significantly reducing the tuition sticker price of $33,500. The college has taken other steps to make Jewell more affordable, offering more access grants and scholarships such as the Shape the Future Grant for students of color and underrepresented students who hope to serve and change society; the Hispanic Development Fund of Kansas City partnership to provide a scholarship match; and in October 2021 the addition of a $3,000 A+ Scholarship award for students who successfully complete the State of Missouri program.

“Our team has been thoughtfully and intentionally working to provide more pathways to continue to fulfill the vision of making Jewell indispensable to Kansas City,” said Dr. Elizabeth MacLeod Walls, president of William Jewell College. “Taking this step strengthens our commitment to the KC Scholars program, the students KCS serves and the city that will thrive because of their talents.”

KC Scholars CEO Dr. Beth Tankersley-Bankhead said, “Our Scholars who enroll at William Jewell have been consistently supported to succeed in their postsecondary completion. Now, with additional financial support – to augment their KC Scholars’ award – Scholars can achieve their postsecondary degree at their campus of choice without taking on debt load. This is an impressive example of institutional support and a warm welcome from the Jewell community.”

William Jewell has seen a second year of total enrollment growth, up 3% in total enrollment this year, and for a third consecutive year realized an increase in the new fall class. The fall 2021 class was 8% larger than that of fall 2020 and 33% larger than that of the fall 2018 class. Jewell is currently home to 18 KC scholars.