With 16,000+ students from all 50 states and more than 85 countries, the UMKC community is enriched by their diverse perspectives. Sometimes these students need extra support on their way to discovering and creating their perfect career.
You can contribute to a specific area of need that will directly help students, including:
Student Emergency Fund
The Student Emergency Fund was launched in March to support students during these strained financial times. We have raised over $70,000 to help our students in need, but we have many more students who are applying daily for financial assistance. Recently, an anonymous donor has offered a $25,000 dollar-for-dollar matching challenge, which doubles all contributions made to this fund.
The African American Student Union (TAASU) Freedom Breakfast
The African American Student Union (TAASU) Freedom Breakfast commemorates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and promotes unity and harmony within our community. This 31-year tradition highlights UMKC’s institutional values of diversity, inclusivity and respect.
This fall, the Daiquiri Shop of Kansas City established a challenge match of $5000 to support the TAASU Freedom Breakfast. TAASU plans to utilize this gift and the match for student success initiatives for African American students and to provide additional scholarship opportunities. This year is a tipping point for many reasons. TAASU plans to build off of that momentum to create a more harmonious environment for all students at UMKC.
Diversity Expansion Scholarship
We launched the Diversity Expansion Scholarship this summer to assist with attracting and retaining diverse students. This scholarship will be awarded to a student with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion as it pertains to African American students.
Scholarships are essential to sustaining the dynamic mix of students that contributes to the best possible learning environment for our campus community. Scholarships provide greater opportunities for talented students who cannot afford the full cost to attend UMKC. Your gift will enable UMKC to continue educating engaged local and global citizens and leaders.
Travel Stipends/Study Abroad Funding
Students find coursework in a foreign country stimulating and their encounters outside the classroom educational and exciting. Students also return to UMKC with a broader, deeper understanding both of another country and of their own cultural background. UMKC offers hundreds of programs in more than 60 countries that are consistently in need of donor funding. In addition, travel stipends allow students to benefit from attending educational workshops, conferences and competitions.
The mission of the UMKC Office of Student Involvement (OSI) is to engage students in a vibrant campus community through holistic, co-curricular experiences. OSI assists students in getting involved with one of the more than 300 campus organizations and leadership opportunities.
The Women’s Center’s mission is to advocate, educate, and provide support services for the advancement of women’s equity on campus and within the community at large. The Center facilitates student development through co-curricular experiences, offers programming and services that promote student success, and fosters awareness of the effects of gender roles on women and men.