Kearney students earn KC Scholars recognition

Kearney School Board President Mark Kelly poses with Brent Henderson and Cameron Smith during the Sept. 20 board meting. The pair were recognized by the board for having earned college funding assistance from the KC Scholars program. Student Allison Plogher also won a scholarship from the program but was unable to attend the meeting.

KEARNEY — Three students at Kearney High School have been named KC Scholars, earning college funding assistance from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

KC Scholars is a three-tiered scholarship and college-savings program designed to carry forward a Kauffman mission to help families pay for a student’s higher education.

KC Scholars serves a six-county area of the Kansas City region: Wyandotte and Johnson in Kansas, and Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte in Missouri. The program came to fruition last year.

Scholarships were awarded to 608 students. Awards are based on criteria including having at least a 2.5 grade-point average.

Kearney students receiving awards are Brent Henderson, Cameron Smith and Allison Plogher.

Henderson and Plogher received traditional scholarships, being awarded up to $10,000 per year for up to five years, information from the program’s website,, states.

Smith earned up to a $5,000 match in a Missouri MOST 529 savings plan, which allows people to earn tax savings by contributing to a college savings fund. Smith also has the opportunity to earn up to an additional $2,000 if he meets core requirements, information from the high school states.

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