Posted by Jen Wewers
The Kansas City, Kansas Rotary Club is passionate about ensuring Wyandotte County high school students have access to higher education and/or vocational training programs. We achieve this goal through two annual initiatives - the KCK Rotary Scholarship Awards and the Hispanic Development Fund’s Cambio Para Cambio Program.
 
Access to post-secondary education is critical to improving career success and can help to break the cycles of poverty many of our local families experience. The students who receive scholarships from these initiatives are, more often than not, first-generation college students.
 
We recently completed our annual HDF Cambio Para Cambio campaign and raised $2,300 to fund scholarships for Wyandotte County high school students who are collegebound.  A generous donor at HDF matched our gift which made for a grand total of $4,600 for scholarships for Wyandotte County students.
 
Throughout the year, HDF scholars visit our club to speak about their college experiences. In October, we hosted Adriana Suarez, a current HDF Scholar and Intern at HDF who attends the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Adriana, in particular, shared about her recent study abroad experiences in Ireland and South Korea.
 
We are always inspired by our students!