Each high school participates in the Missouri A+ Schools Program which provides two full years of community college education free for qualifying high school graduates. Students must meet the following criteria: 2.5 cumulative, unweighted GPA; 95 percent cumulative attendance rate; 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring of younger students; good citizenship; and at least three consecutive years of attendance at an A+ school immediately prior to graduation. Beginning with the high school senior class of 2015, students must have achieved a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I end of course exam. Those who meet these requirements are eligible to receive all tuition and general fees paid at a participating public community college or technical school in Missouri. Students must enroll in the Missouri A+ Program prior to November 1st of their senior year.
Providing financial assistance to college-bound high school seniors remains a priority for the Independence School District Foundation as we recognize that higher education is the most direct path to future success. Most high school students want to attend college, but won’t pursue an education because their families can’t afford the high cost to obtain a college degree. The Independence School District Foundation provides more than $120,000 in student scholarships annually to assist our students on to brighter futures. Please consider partnering with us in our efforts.
The School District of Independence Foundation traces its beginning to a gift to Jackson County prior to the organization of the Independence School District in 1866.
For additional information please contact the Independence School District Foundation at 816-521-5300.
American Council on Education
American Indian College Fund provides funding and assistance
College Board Online
College career and financial aid information
Department of Education Information for financial aid programs
U.S. Department of Education
Education and career information
Educational Testing Service Network site offers AP test taking strategies
FAFSA on the Web
Alternatives to FAFSA on the Web – includes FAFSA Express
FastWEB-financial aid search through the Web
The Financial Aid Information Guide
Lists outside scholarships for Hispanics
Hope Scholarship & Lifetime Learning Credit
Military scholarships and recruitment
Minority scholarship links
Office of Postsecondary Education Resources for students
Student Aid on the Web
United Negro College Fund