It’s Never Too Late to Graduate

Crankstart Scholarships are designed for nontraditional students

Not all students take a direct path from college initiation to graduation. Sometimes circumstances intercede that require degree-seekers to take a break, but that does not mean they do not have a viable path to graduation. Continue reading “It’s Never Too Late to Graduate”

UMKC Conservatory Students Benefit from Legacy of Beloved Instructor

Grassroots effort leads to memorial scholarship

The late James Rothwell had an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for creating music. A pioneer in electronic sound recording, Rothwell and his achievements are memorialized in the James A. Rothwell Scholarship Fund at the UMKC Conservatory. Continue reading “UMKC Conservatory Students Benefit from Legacy of Beloved Instructor”

Alumna Establishes Scholarship for Women in Technology

New funding creates opportunity for STEM mentorship

Building a career in engineering as a woman 40 years ago had its challenges, but Janet Williams, BSME ‘83, succeeded and is reaching out to young women to give a hand up through scholarships and mentoring. Continue reading “Alumna Establishes Scholarship for Women in Technology”

Women’s Graduate Assistance Fund Fuels Success

Every year the UMKC Women’s Council awards scholarships to enable post-baccalaureate students to pursue opportunities

Swetha Chintala is working to improve a new photoactivated insulin delivery method for people with diabetes. Her Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund Award is making that process easier. Continue reading “Women’s Graduate Assistance Fund Fuels Success”

Alumnus Entrepreneur Establishes College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship

Kansas City businessman Albert Gerecht liked helping others succeed

Albert Gerecht, B.A. ’52, established his business, The Tax Gallery in 1956, one mile from his alma mater. After earning his degree and meeting his wife, Doris, he led a bold life making friends, building his business and supporting the community. Upon his death he bequeathed $400,000 for merit-based scholarships to further his commitment to helping people help themselves. Continue reading “Alumnus Entrepreneur Establishes College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship”

Scholarship Honors Renowned UMKC Professor

The recent death of Henry R. Frankel, Ph.D., who was known as “Hank” to his friends, has left a void for those who knew him. Passionate and enthusiastic about his family, his research and his students during his 43-year career at UMKC, Frankel’s legacy will continue to enhance the university through a new scholarship.

“Hank Frankel is the most accomplished and influential scholar the philosophy department at UMKC has ever had,” says Bruce Bubacz, Ph.D., Frankel’s friend and colleague. “His extraordinarily complete and extensive research into the controversy over the acceptance of continental drift and plate tectonics must be examined and understood by anyone who is studying that subject.” Continue reading “Scholarship Honors Renowned UMKC Professor”

Scholarship Honors Emigrant Experience

Family with strong UMKC ties furthers future success

Doris Edelman fled Germany with her family when she was a teenager as violence began to build against Jewish citizens. She instilled the value of education into her three sons, Mark, Alan and Ron, who have established an endowed scholarship in her name. Continue reading “Scholarship Honors Emigrant Experience”

Nontraditional Engineering Alumnus Gives Back With a Scholarship

Jason Painter builds solid future for his family and future students

Jason Painter (BSME ’12) always liked school, and math was his strong point. But following high school graduation, he decided college wasn’t for him. He married his high school sweetheart and started working in residential construction. But after a few years, he began to reconsider his decision to forego a college degree. Continue reading “Nontraditional Engineering Alumnus Gives Back With a Scholarship”