Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunity

By , February 17, 2014 5:54 pm
Ida Ayalew, UMKC student pictured above, was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study in Meknes, Morocco.

Ida Ayalew, UMKC student pictured above, was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study in Meknes, Morocco.

Interested in Study Abroad?  Not sure if you can afford to go?  If you are a federal Pell Grant recipient, then you are eligible to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship!

The Gilman Program diversifies the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by awarding over 2,000 scholarships of up to $5,000.  Applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant.

Attend a workshop to learn about the program and writing a competitive application!  All workshops are in the Student Success Center, room 236:

  • Thursday, February 20th – 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Monday, February 24th – 11:00-12:00 am
  • Tuesday, February 25th – 5:00-6:00 pm

Questions? Email or stop by to visit UMKC International Academic Programs in the Student Success Center, room 120 or call 235-5759.

Chancellor Morton Receives African American STEM Pioneer Award

By , February 17, 2014 5:52 pm

Leo MortonThe Black Family Technology Awareness Association of Kansas City awarded UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton with its African American STEM Pioneer Award.

Morton, who has led UMKC as chancellor since 2008, earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tuskegee University and a master of science degree from MIT. Through most of his professional career, he has held high-level corporate positions in the field of STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

“Mr. Leo Morton is a valued role model in Kansas City and he has shown how the skills and training you have to be an engineer can be carried over to business and academia,” said Lewis George Walker, president of the Black Family Technology Awareness Association. “As a Pioneer, Mr. Morton has set many firsts in his career at Bell Laboratories, AT&T, Aquila and now by leading UMKC. The Black Family Technology Awareness Association was proud to bestow this recognition from the community to Mr. Morton.”

Morton has been a speaker at many STEM programs at UMKC and throughout Kansas City.  “I am humbled by and grateful for this award from this association that encourages young people to become eager and enthusiastic about a science field,” Morton said. “Through Tuskegee and MIT where I studied STEM subjects, I was transformed. That is what education and information have the power to do. I became a problem solver. Today’s STEM programs put the personal, enjoyable aspect of science front and center to inspire future problem solvers.”

Donate Your Denim

By , February 17, 2014 5:51 pm

Denim DriveJoin UMKC Student Veterans Organization next week to donate your denim!

Denim will be recycled into insulation to be used by Habitat for Humanity in their building projects.

Donations can be dropped off at the UMKC Bookstore, Miller Nichols Library, and Oak Street Residence Hall between February 24th through the 28th.

Contact Jude Castro IV at for more information.

Financial Aid and Scholarships Deadline is March 1

By , February 11, 2014 12:07 pm

financial aidNOW is the time to start thinking about Scholarships and Federal aid for next year!  The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office has several scholarship opportunities for students who are currently enrolled at UMKC.  To apply, you fill out one scholarship application online.  The Currently Enrolled Scholarship Application, along with 2 letters of recommendation, is due March 1.  That’s just around the corner! So don’t procrastinate, complete the application now!  Remember that other opportunities for scholarships may be found within your department or Academic Unit–so be sure to check with your advisor as soon as possible to ensure you apply before any deadlines.

It’s also time to start preparing for the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA).  UMKC’s priority deadline to complete the 2014-2015 FAFSA is March 1.  You can still complete it after this date, but keep in mind grants are awarded first to those who have completed the FAFSA by the priority deadline and funds may not be available later on.  Federal workstudy opportunities are also awarded based on your FAFSA, but remember UMKC receives a limited number of allocations–so the earlier you submit your FAFSA, the better!

Estimated federal income tax information may be used to complete the FAFSA if a family’s actual tax forms have not yet been completed. For those who have filed their federal income taxes, you might be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which allows IRS data to be directly populated into selected FAFSA questions, making the process much easier.  Keep in mind that estimated forms may need to be verified, which means you will have to provide the actual tax paperwork to complete the verification process before aid can be awarded.

For questions, feel free to call the UMKC Financial Aid and Scholarships Office at 235-1154 or email

Study smarter–not harder!

By , February 11, 2014 10:58 am

study groupsThere is nothing worse than spending hours on end studying and then realizing you got nothing out of it!  Sometimes, just going through the motions—especially if you are easily distracted— isn’t enough.  As any coach would say:  practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect!

So how do you make the most of your time?  First, make a schedule of when you will study what.  It helps to keep you focused on one class at a time—try to ensure that you set aside time to study after each class period to help you keep on top of the readings and assignments.  Next, make a study outline by reviewing  your class notes and matching them with key points in the text book and other course materials.  Rewrite your notes, not only to make them more legible, but also to take the time to really think about why you made those notes in the first place.  If it was important enough for your professor to share with the class, it’ll likely be on a test (and it goes without saying that it’s vitally important to actually attend class so you can take these notes in the first place!).

Forming a study group is another great option–not only does it create a specific time for you to study, it also gets you active in your learning by giving you opportunities to discuss the course concepts with your classmates.  Get together over coffee at the Union or the Library to go over notes, make sure you didn’t miss anything, ask questions about material you didn’t understand, and help each other work through problems and difficult concepts.

Did you know that some of your classes have study groups built in?  Supplemental Instruction, or SI, is a great opportunity UMKC offers to help you get more involved in your academic success.  SI sessions are facilitated by an SI Leader, a student who has already taken the course and done well in it.  SI Leaders know the course content and are eager to help guide you through it!   If you attend SI sessions regularly, chances are you will earn a better grade.  You will also develop more effective ways of studying, which will help you in all your classes.

Don’t forget to utilize tutoring services available with Academic Support & Mentoring, located in the Atterbury Student Success Center.  And for writing projects, stop by the Writing Studio at any stage during the project–from pre-writing to final proofing–they can help!

And of course, talk with you professor during office hours or make an appointment.  But don’t waste this opportunity to have one-on-one consultation with your professor!   Be sure you come to the meeting prepared with all your questions—and bring the work you have already completed so you can review things step-by-step.  You will learn more by doing than by expecting to receive all the answers handed to you.

Got a business idea? Join the Regnier Venture Creation Challenge

By , February 11, 2014 8:26 am

RegnierInformation Session, 2014 Regnier Venture Creation Challenge
Thursday, February 13, 2014
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Bloch Executive Hall (new building), Room 331
Refreshments provided

Please join us at the Information Session on February 13 to learn more about the 2014 Regnier Venture Creation Challenge (RVCC). We will discuss the following information at the session:

  • Submission process and the events
  • How to register for the competition
  • Example of a business plan submission
  • Key resources on the RVCC website
  • Who to contact for assistance with the competition

The RVCC will take place on the UMKC campus in early May 2014.  This Challenge is designed to encourage student venture creation through a forum in which students can present new venture concepts to local business experts, entrepreneurs, and business professionals.

This year, we are excited to announce that student teams will be competing to win $55,000 in total awards and seed funding.  Students of all disciplines are invited to enter the business plan competition!

For additional details, join us at the Information Session or visit:

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