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Each year, the H&R Block Foundation (partner with the MCC 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's 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 and the Metropolitan Community College has 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, 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 (General) with an emphasis in your intended UMKC major at the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley.
  • Encouragement to keep working towards your dream.

What are the requirements?

  • Students are selected to receive this prestigious scholarship based on review of the following criteria:
  • Have financial need and be Pell grant eligible; nor be considered for traditional scholarships due to past academic performance or life circumstances
  • Be unable to receive traditional scholarships due to past academic performance and/or life circumstances
  • Be a graduating high school senior or have a GED, or be a current MCC student with less than 30 credit hours attempted/earned with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 minimum GPA.
  • Plan to attend MCC-Penn Valley***. Be pursuing an associate degree at MCC-Penn Valley and have intent to complete their bachelor's degree at UMKC
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America, 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 (Dental, Medical, Nursing, Pharmacy, Law) and Middle and Secondary Education excluded. Instead, students must pursue a bachelor degree in a related program (example: 1. Bachelor in Arts or Science toward a Master of Arts Teaching, 2. Bachelor in Biology or Chemistry toward Professional program.

**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).

How to apply

  1. Complete the MCC's Admissions Application at  - Once you have applied and been admitted to MCC (24 hours), you can activate your myMCCKC Student Portal.
  2. Submit the Henry W. Bloch Scholarship Application by completing the MCC General Online Scholarship Search application. Here are the basic steps for completing the application and submitting the documents during the application period between Septermber 20 and October 15, 2021.
    1. Visit your myMCCKC Student Portal and sign in with your MCC User ID and Password.
    2. Complete the MCC General Online Scholarship Search, General Online Scholarship Search Application.
    3. After submitting the General Online Scholarship Search application, you will receive a list of eligible scholarships.
    4. Review the list of Recommended Opportunities.
    5. Find "Henry W. Bloch Scholars" and click Apply.
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for 2021-2022. List MCC's School Code – 002484 to confirm PELL eligibility and financial need for the Henry W. Bloch Scholarship.
  4. Complete the ACCUPLACER Placement Test - ACCUPLACER testing is available online through Zoom. Students must schedule an appointment in advance by calling 816.604.1000. ACCUPLACER testing is administered by appointment only. Test scores must be less than three (3) years old. Student must meet complete all three sections of the ACCUPLACER: Algebra, Reading, and Writing. Failure to take all three sections of the ACCUPLACER® will result in the application being removed from the applicant pool. High School GPA and ACT/SAT scores will not be accepted in place of ACCUPLACER® scores.
  5. Include a written recommendation from one of the following (current or most recent school: a teacher, counselor, coach, mentor staff or administrator with the application. The recommendations by an academic professional at the applicant's current or most recent school should be someone who is well acquainted with the applicant's academic work and character.
  6. Include a one-page essay addressing the following: "How will becoming a Bloch Scholar impact my educational and career goals?" Within the essay: identify your strengths, accomplishments, academic performance, struggles or life-changing barriers or challenges you have experience, and how you overcame this circumstance, and your educational goals.
  7. Provide a list of any other scholarship(s) that you are applying for separately from this application (example: Foundation Scholarship – $2,500).
  8. Submit Official Transcripts - HiSET (GED), high school (recent H.S. graduates and/or no prior college credit) and all transcripts for all college course work and institutions attended (include Dual-Credit).
  9. Tips!

    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 professors or other educators with whom you have had recent contact.
    • A professor 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 a professor, mentor, or other 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, please contact the Henry W. Bloch Scholar Advisor, Richard Lara at 816.604.4315.