Youth Entrepreneurs hold Final Flyers celebration

Youth Entrepreneurs will hold the final round of its annual business competition and recognition celebration on Thursday, May 29, in Wichita, Kan.

A total of 16 students from Greater Kansas City, southwest Kansas and Wichita will compete.

Before the finals, students wrote business plans, presented them and competed at the classroom and regional levels.

Regional winners received up to $1,000 that can be used for higher education or business capital.

Students competing for the top prize of $2,500 in capital funds include these from Wyandotte County: Rachel Rocha, Bishop Ward High School; and Josh Stramel, Washington High School.

Applications open for KCKCC Endowment Association scholarships

by Kelly Rogge

Looking for a way to pay for your college education? There is still time to apply for a scholarship provided by the Kansas City Kansas Community College Endowment Association.

The Endowment Association awards scholarships to KCKCC students annually ranging from $250 to full-ride scholarships. These funds can be used for paying tuition or purchasing textbooks and are awarded based on academic qualifications as well as other scholarship criteria.

Scholarships offered by the Endowment Association include:
• Frank and Doris Schlagle Scholarship – Up to $1,500 per semester and covers tuition, fees and required textbooks for six to 15 credit hours per semester. It is renewable as long as a student maintains at least a 3.25 grade point average and completes all courses taken. Preference is given to those who live in Wyandotte and Leavenworth. Applicants must be pursuing an associate degree or certificate from KCKCC.
• Frank and Doris Schlagle Scholarship Tier 2 – The scholarship covers tuition and fees only for six to 15 credit hours per semester. It is renewable if a student maintains at least a 3.0 GPA and completes all courses taken.
• Assurant Employee Benefits Scholarship for Students with Disabilities – $500 per semester and students must be physically, intellectually or learning disability to be eligible.
• Ed and Ione Trapp Veterinary Scholarship – $500 per semester and must be a declared pre-veterinary medicine major. Applicants must also be residents of Wyandotte or Leavenworth County.
• Etta Blanche Smith Dahlgren Scholarship – up to $1,000 per semester and applicants must be an elementary education major.
• Gingrich Family Scholarship – students must be a single parent majoring in the Allied Health program to be eligible. Amount will be determined by the family.
• John Stocksen Memorial Scholarship – business majors are eligible and amount will be determined by family.
• Thomas and Teresa Sullivan Scholarship – up to $1,000 per semester and computer information systems or mathematics majors are eligible.
• William Nelson Nicoll Jr. Scholarship – $500 per semester.
• Wyandotte County Association of Retired School Personnel – up to $1,000 per semester. Second year education majors are eligible.
• Wyandotte High School Class of ’55 – Applicants must be graduates of Wyandotte High School. It is renewable for up to three semesters.
• Rita M. Ahart Nursing Scholarship – $500 to $1,000 per semester. Applicants must be a seeking a degree in the KCKCC nursing program and be a Wyandotte County resident. Amount of award to be determined by the Ahart family.

Students applying for most scholarships, other than the Frank and Doris Schlagle Scholarship, must have at least a 3.0 GPA or meet GED test scores that have been established. If applying for one of the Frank and Doris Schlagle Scholarship, students must have at least a 3.25 GPA to qualify.

To apply, a one page essay detailing degree/career plans and a transcript must be submitted with completed scholarship application. The deadline is June 1.

For more information or to apply, visit the KCKCC Endowment Association on the KCKCC main campus, 7250 State Ave. Information is also available by calling 913-288-7675 or sending an email to Dawanna Fangohr at dfangohr@kckcc.edu. Copies of the application are available in the Endowment Association and Financial Aid office. Scholarship applications can also be submitted through the KCKCC website at www.kckcc.edu/services/collegeAdvancement/endowmentAssociation/schlagleScholarship.aspx.

KCK schools awarded Head Start grant

The Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools have been awarded a $6.7 million per year Head Start grant.

The district was notified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of the five-year award to serve children and families in Wyandotte County.

The grant will provide 560 part-day and 318 full-day slots for 3- and 4-year-old children, and also support work with their families. KCKPS is the lead agency in a community partnership that includes churches, social service agencies, day care providers and public agencies.

“We are thrilled to receive news of this grant award,” said Superintendent Cynthia Lane. “Research clearly supports investments in supporting brain development in children’s earliest years, and we are strongly committed to developing the highest quality Head Start program in the country.”

Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages 3 to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children’s growth in:
• Language and literacy
• Cognition and general knowledge
• Physical development and health
• Social and emotional development
• Approaches to learning

Head Start also supports work with families on health and safety, child development and parenting, providing them resources and knowledge to support the growth and development of their children.

KCKPS submitted the grant in October 2013, and since then has been working hard to prepare for the possibility of receiving the grant, a spokesman said. More than 100 staff will be hired for this grant, including early childhood teachers, teaching assistants, family service workers and site managers.

The district also has been working with the current grantee, the Community Development Institute Head Start, on a plan for transition, which will take place during the month of June. Currently, the district is in the process of hosting centralized enrollment for all of its preschool slots at its Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, Kan.

The grant begins June 1, 2014, and KCKPS will begin serving Head Start families on Aug. 12, 2014.

– Information from Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools