School of Education Scholarship Information and Application

NOTE:  All scholarships have been awarded for the 2017-18 academic year.  The next scholarship application cycle opens December 1, 2017 with a deadline of February 1, 2018 and scholarships will then be awarded for the 2018-19 academic year.


The School of Education scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students in our programs with 40+ different types of scholarships awarded each year!

Application Requirements

  • Must be a current School of Education student
  • Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours each semester during the current academic year to receive a scholarship
  • Graduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours each semester during the current academic year to receive a scholarship.
  • 2018 application deadline – Thursday, February 1

Note:  The number and dollar amount of awards varies from year to year.  Awards are not automatically renewable and students must complete a new application each year.


School of Education students complete a single application which is then used to determine eligibility for all scholarships. Application should include:


1) Write a 750 word essay addressing the following:

Discuss your past accomplishments and future goals in the field of education or counseling. Describe how you will integrate and exemplify the SOE Mission and Values in your future work.

Student names are removed from the essay and resume before they are reviewed by the scholarship committee. Applicants must avoid using their name in ANY application materials. Responses longer than 750 words will not be considered beyond the first 750 words.


  • NOTE: If you choose to apply for the Mazuma Credit Union Scholarship (approximately $1,500) you will need to submit an ADDITIONAL 1-2 page essay addressing this topic: Discuss your approach to teaching personal financial management in the classroom and how you see this approach advancing your student’s financial success. The essay should be submitted separately to with the subject line “Mazuma Credit Union Scholarship“.

2) Copy of your resume

Please remove your name and email address before submitting your resume. If you need assistance with creating or updating your resume, contact Career Services.


3) Two recommendations

Two recommendations are required and it is suggested that one of these two come from an educator or current UMKC faculty member. Recommendation forms should be returned to the School of Education no later than February 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM. (Please use the recommendation form below.)

  • Ask those who know you well and can write about your academic potential, your career goals, your volunteer and organizational commitments, etc.
  • Your reference could be a faculty member or teacher, a counselor, an advisor, an employer, or an organizational leader. They should have direct contact with you, but should not be an immediate relative.
  • Give your references plenty of notice so they have time to meet the February 1st deadline.

Instructions for submitting a Recommendation Form:
Students, please download the recommendation form PDF below, save it to your computer, and include a digital signature (using Adobe Reader) before sending/giving the form to your references. Or, the form can also be printed, signed, scanned, and e-mailed (or given) to your references. References should e-mail the completed form to (preferred method) or the form can also be mailed or faxed to:

UMKC School of Education
Student Services
5100 Rockhill Road – Education Building 129
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
OR fax forms to: (816) 235-6544

Recommendation form (PDF)

Step-by-step tutorial for creating a digital signature using Adobe Reader


4)  Complete School of Education Scholarship Application (Click Here)


Selection Process/Timeline

December 1, 2017 – scholarship application process opens

February 1, 2018 – scholarship deadline

End of March 2018 – students are notified of scholarship awards

April 2018 – students formally accept scholarship offers and write thank you notes

October 2018 (specific date will be determined in Spring 2018) – Annual Scholar and Donor Luncheon