Each year, the H&R Block Foundation, partnering with the Metropolitan Community College Foundation and MCC-Penn Valley, awards scholarships to a number of MCC students as part of the Henry W. Bloch Scholars Program.
This scholarship provides the opportunity to earn an associate degree from MCC-Penn Valley and continue on to the University of Missouri-Kansas City to earn a bachelor's degree*.
Since 2001, the Henry W. Bloch Scholars Program and Metropolitan Community College have provided full tuition and fees for local students with a determination to succeed -- regardless of their finances, test scores or life circumstances.
This award is available to all students entering a standard undergraduate program at UMKC, not just those planning to enter the Bloch School.
How much is the award?
- Funds to pay for tuition and fees each semester**. (Scholarship is renewable for up to six semesters.)
- A personal coach to help you learn the ropes and stay motivated
- The opportunity to continue your education and renew your scholarship at UMKC when you complete your associate in arts degree (with an emphasis in your intended UMKC major) at MCC-Penn Valley
- Encouragement to keep working toward your dream
What are the requirements?
Students are selected to receive this prestigious scholarship based on the following criteria:
- Have financial need and be Pell Grant eligible
- Be unable to receive traditional scholarships due to past academic performance and/or life circumstances
- Be a graduating high school senior or have earned a high school equivalency credential, or be a current MCC student with fewer than 30 credit hours attempted/earned with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA
- Plan to attend MCC-Penn Valley***, or pursuing an associate degree at MCC-Penn Valley and intend to complete a bachelor's degree at UMKC
- Be a citizen or permanent U.S. resident, eligible for in-state tuition and reside in an urban neighborhood of the Kansas City metropolitan area. This includes Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties in Missouri.
*Student applying for professional programs at UMKC (dental, medical, pharmacy, law) and middle and secondary education excluded. Instead, students must pursue a bachelor's degree in a related program (for example, a B.S. in biology or chemistry toward a professional program, or a B.A. or B.S. toward an M.A. in teaching).
**Recipients may not qualify for any other MCC scholarships
***Henry W. Bloch Scholars must attend classes on campus at the MCC-Penn Valley campus (no online or hybrid classes).
Steps to apply
Two important parts of college applications are the letters of recommendation and the essays. When identifying recommenders, keep in mind:
- It is best to request recommendations from instructors or other educators with whom you have had recent contact.
- An instructor you have interacted with both in and out of class, such as through a student organization or a research project, is a great choice.
- Know your recommender well enough so that he/she can go beyond a generic letter and give a good illustration of your character for the admissions reviewers.
- Talk to the recommender to be sure he/she has all the information needed to write the letter. Provide a resume to your recommender.
- Give each recommender enough time to complete and submit the recommendation. Aim for at least two weeks before the deadline, if not more.
Take advantage of the writing center at your high school or community college to assist you with your essays. Also, seek out the help of an instructor, mentor or someone else for proofreading. Write a strong personal statement, take time to plan your essays, and do not forget to proofread.
If you have questions about the Henry W. Bloch Scholars Program, contact the Henry W. Bloch Scholar Advisor at MCC: Richard Lara, 816.604.4315.