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Pre-College Programs

Pre-College Programs:

Kauffman School students, with support from the College Access Department, apply and are often accepted for competitive local and national opportunities that give them opportunities to expand their interests and prepare for college.


Featured Class of 2026 (EMKS Class of 2022) Opportunities:

  • Dasia and Jayden, Class of 2026, were accepted to the Carleton Liberal Arts Experience at Carleton College. Dasia and Jayden will have the grand opportunity to take history, science and math courses through the perspective of African-American culture and identity at one of the top liberal arts schools in the country in the summer of 2021, in addition to receiving ACT preparation and college essay workshops. This program only accepts 52 students in the U.S. per year. Hats off to Dasia and Jayden for a well-deserved opportunity!
Featured Class of 2025 (EMKS Class of 2021) Opportunities:
  • The Class of 2025’s Koree and Cherish are our first set of students to be accepted as Bovard Scholars at the University of Southern California. This program assists high-achieving students with financial need gain admission to and succeed at the nation’s top universities. Through this program, they will take summer classes that will enhance their college admission essays and develop their career and college-going identities. Congratulations to Koree and Cherish!
  • Saniya is among the selected group of students accepted to Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA). LEDA selects approximately 100 students in the country to participate in their leadership development program every summer to help high-achieving students reach their full potential and obtain admission to colleges and universities that complement their intellectual curiosity and aspirations. Congratulations to Saniya for your outstanding work!
  • Congratulations to Tytiana, Cherish and Saniya for getting accepted to the Questbridge Scholars program, one of the most selective college preparatory summer programs in the nation. Questbridge has assisted thousands of high-achieving students with financial need to obtain admission to the country’s most competitive universities through essay workshops, career counseling, ACT preparation and scholarship opportunities. They are walking in the footsteps of many former EMKS Alumni who are also proud Questbridge Scholars: Asia (‘23) and Josiah (‘24).
  • Leland completed a summer internship with North Kansas City Hospital. Leland assisted with patient intake forms and data entry. He worked alongside college Juniors applying to med school and was the only high school student chosen for this internship.
  • Mikaela and Alley were accepted to the Musical Bridges program at the University of Missouri Kansas City. This highly-selective program offers year-round training to students wanting to pursue the fine arts on a collegiate level. Mikaela and Alley will receive private voice lessons from music professionals throughout high school and college. Send some sizzle to these two young artists as they work towards receiving their bachelor of fine art degrees in Vocal Performance and Musical Theater.
  • 8 rising seniors earned the coveted KC Scholars Scholarship award. This scholarship is valued up to $10,000 per year and can be renewed up to 5 years at 17 different colleges and universities between Missouri and Kansas. Congrats to Corveonna, Alley, Quynton, Kaleya, Tytiana, Saniya, Tasaana and Koree for the hard work they put forth in earning this award.
  • 15 additional rising seniors earned the KC Scholars Scholarship award at Mizzou and UMKC. This means they will receive up to $10,000 per year for up to 5 years upon their matriculation at Mizzou or UMKC starting in the Fall of 2021. Congratulations to Alejandro, Jaeonie, Skye, Cameron, Jose, Cherish, Clyniece, Khalil, Gabriela, Aunecia, Kelssy, Mya, Malik, Da’Marcus and Samaia!