Second Chance Scholarships

Who We Serve

The 2nd Chance Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to high school graduates who have experienced adversity and desire a second chance at a brighter future, by continuing their education at a two-year or four-year college or university or at a vocational or technical school.


Second Chance Scholarship has assisted students from the KCMO & KCK school districts and surrounding area since 2008. The Committees selection weighs heavily on the students essay on our application.

Student Involvement

Since the fund was established, 51 students have been awarded scholarships to 21 different schools.


Each selected scholar is assigned a mentor so that we can support the student and their individual needs.   On occasion, a member of the committee has gone with the student and their guardian to the business office or has visited the dorm, but generally we are able to mentor the students through simple checklists.  A few of our students have helped us with a donor event, and we hold a yearly summer event with the scholar and their parent/guardian.  The scholars also meet other scholars and not only hear their experience but many times form friendships with others going to the same school.

Student Profile

Name: Konnie Wells


High School District: Kansas City, Missouri


Higher Education Pursued: Bachelor of Science in Engineering


I was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah for most of my life. I lived with my mother and my six brothers and sisters. At the end of my eighth grade year my mom decided to move to Kansas City, Mo. This decision played a major role in our lives. We were homeless the first couple months that we lived here. Also, my brother and I both didn’t attend high school for a year. When I did decide to go back to school, I was put in as a freshman and was told that I would be difficult to graduate on time. I took extra classes after school and passed my regular classes to be able to graduate. Despite not being officially classified as a senior, I was able to get into the University of Missouri – Kansas City.


I am currently in my second year majoring in mechanical engineering at UMKC. I am the first of my seven siblings to attend college. I was the Programs Chair for the UMKC National Society of Black Engineers chapter and was the Vice Chairwoman for the 2015 Fall Regional Conference planning committee that was held here in Kansas City. Last year, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the National Society of Black Engineers Convention in California. Here I was offered a co-op position with Toyota in the fall of 2015.  It was one of the best experiences since entering college and helped me see the opportunities that arise with an education.  This summer, I’m excited to work with some I met last Fall for Toyota once again.  I hope to continue to excel and succeed in the decisions that I have made.

Current Happenings

The 2nd Chance Scholarship fund hosts events throughout the year for students and supporters. Join us!


  • Want to Help our Students or have Intern Positions?

    We are always looking for people who are interested in mentoring our students.  If you have a desire to work with our college students please don’t hesitate to contact us.  Our students have many adjustments going to college.  They may need basics for their dorm rooms, transportation or just someone to talk to that has a college experience.  Of course, what college student doesn’t need cash and most of them are willing to work on-line or pick up a few hours during the week or weekend.  The jobs don’t have to be big to meet their needs.

  • Applications are now closed for the Fall of 2016

    Our 2016 Scholars Selection has been made.  Seven scholars were selected.  Applications are accepted for the Fall of 2017 from January 1, 2017 until March 15, 2017.  After board review and interviews and references check, the board plans on sending scholarship award letters in early May.

    March 15, 2017

  • Second Chance Recognition!

    Second Chance Scholarship Foundation was selected for induction into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame in 2013!


    The Mid-America Education Hall of Fame was established in 1996 by the KCK Community College Endowment Association.  Its purpose is to identify and recognize individuals, organizations and corporate supporters notable for their contributions to education and to provide well deserved recognition to the honorees as well as to education and its impact on our lives.



  • Other Scholarships of Interest

    Second Chance Scholarship Foundation is just one of the scholarships managed by The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation (GKCCF).  Look at the GKCCF site for more scholarships.  When scholarships are found under their site you know that the are managed with 100% of the funds going directly to students.  Local colleges also know that if GKCCF is behind the scholarship that they can count on the funds being available in time for college deadlines.



If you are a student or know of a student from an urban area interested in finding out more about the selection criteria and applying, please use the following link:

* Give yourself a 2nd Chance. You deserve it!


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mailing address:
1055 Broadway, Suite 130
Kansas City, MO 64105

(816) 327-3405

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