Online Scholarship Resources

By , March 20, 2012 8:40 am

Most high schools spend a lot of time with their seniors helping them find the resources necessary to pay for college. They introduce you to a whole host of scholarship engines, full of scholarships just waiting to be handed out. However, these scholarship engines are not just for incoming freshmen and you can utilize them all throughout your college career!

By now, you’ve probably already filled out the FAFSA and figured out how much aid you’ll get from UMKC next year. Now before you accept all those student loans, take a look around some scholarship search engines (keep in mind that scholarships will potentially take the place of some of the loans you may receive, so be sure to alert your Financial Aid Coordinator about any other scholarships you receive so they can reduce your loans before they are disbursed to you).

Don’t trust every site on the web, but there are credible ones out there. The UMKC Financial Aid and Scholarships Office has a list of credible engines on their website, listed below. Also on their website is a link to “My College Dollars.” My College Dollars is a partnership between MTV, CollegeBoard, Get Schooled, and Facebook. It uses the information from your facebook profile to connect you with nearly $6 billion in scholarship money, and nearly $45 billion in federal and state grants.

Online Scholarship Engines:

Construction Project to Affect Pedestrian Access to the Bloch School

By , March 20, 2012 8:33 am

Thanks to a $32 million gift from Mr. Henry Bloch, the Bloch School of Management will be getting a brand new Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  The building is expected to be complete by Fall 2013.  See more about the project here.

Construction will begin soon on Chancellor’s residence and faculty lot to the north of the Bloch School.  Although no student parking will be lost, it will affect pedestrian access around the Bloch and Law schools.

Access to the Bloch School from March 19 through the end of May will be through the west entry of the Bloch School.  Pedestrians from the north should use University Way, through the Administrative Center parking lot and up the stairs to the west entry.

If you walk this way, allow extra time to get to and from classes, and be flexible.  Take a look at the information below, which corresponds to each area on the map.

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H&R Block Innovation Challenge

By , March 20, 2012 8:25 am

The UMKC Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Regnier Family Foundations/Bank of Blue Valley Venture Creation Challenge is partnering with our friends at H&R Block to provide students with yet another way to use their innovative ideas to earn cash and job opportunities.

The H&R Block Innovation Challenge, brought to you by H&R Block’s Innovation Lab and part of the UMKC Venture Creation Challenge is a no brainer if you want the chance to win cash, network with H&R Block execs or even get a job with the H&R Block Innovation Lab!

This year’s H&R Block Innovation Challenge is focused on the concept of Creating Shared Value. This promises to be a big initiative for Block and many other corporations in the coming years.

All you have to do is write a plan, present your plan and you could win:

First place: $5,000 cash
Second place: $3,000 cash
Third: $2,000 cash

Deadline for entries is April 13, 2012.

Come see us! H&R Block associates will be on campus to answer your questions (or just stop by for some coffee and treats):

Tuesday, March 6th – Student Union, first-floor theatre area
11am – 1pm

Wednesday, March 7th – Bloch School student lounge
11am – 1pm 

Learn more and get your entries in by April 13.

GO TO: or send an email to

Planning Ahead for the WEPT

By , March 20, 2012 8:22 am

The Written English Proficiency Exam, or WEPT, is a requirement of all undergraduates at UMKC. In order to take the WEPT, you must have completed English 225 and 45 credit hours. It must be passed before graduation, but it must also be passed before you will be eligible to enroll in any Writing Intensive courses (also a requirement to graduate). Because this test is a requirement for all undergraduates, you must plan ahead for this test. The next available date to sign up for is June 13, as the April test date is already filled. If you plan to take a Writing Intensive course next fall, register now for the June exam.

To register, go to and sign in with your SSO and password. Then, follow the directions to register. Don’t forget to pick up your information packet, as it contains all of the materials you will need to write your essay on test day. For more information, e-mail

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