Jalil Muhammad – Current student and Kauffman Scholar

Muhammad Jalil100 Years, 100 Stories

Jalil Muhammad was a Kauffman Scholar at Missouri State University and experienced a difficult time, forcing a difficult decision to move back home to Kansas City. Fortunately, Muhammad understood the value of education and realized the confidence the Kauffman Foundation had in his ability to succeed and chose to enroll at MCC-Penn Valley.

When Muhammad started classes at MCC he felt isolated from peers he knew. One day he found himself sitting alone in the cafeteria and spotted a familiar face. Not much time passed and he saw two more people he recognized from high school. “As more people trailed down the steps, I almost saw most of my fellow classmates from my senior class,” Muhammad recalls. From that day on Muhammad knew he wouldn’t have to trudge through his educational experience at MCC alone.

Muhammad is very proud to be a Kauffman Scholar. “Being a Kauffman Scholar means being a leader; Not just a leader as far as academics, but a leader for your family, your environment, being a leader and responsible for your own thoughts, being able to maintain self-control and leading by example,” Muhammad said. Perhaps his final feelings on leadership and being a Kauffman Scholar are what would truly make Mr. Kauffman the proudest: “Personally being a Kaufman Scholar also pushes me to pursue my goal of being an entrepreneur.”

Muhammad has enjoyed his time at MCC. He says MCC has helped him stay in the Kauffman Scholars program and allowed him to increase his GPA and build his transcript for his next endeavor. While at MCC, Muhammad has also experienced the passion MCC instructors have for their profession. “[MCC] Professors really understand and have concern for their students. In some colleges the professors just come and leave and aren’t passionate about their teaching at all.”

To Muhammad, MCC is a family that impacts the local community positively. “MCC helps many young adults who would probably become idle out in the streets and instead are able to sit in a classroom and learn. The relationships of the staff and some students really seem close, more like family. For a person who may not see too much kindness within a household, they may see MCC as a haven, not just an educational institution but a place to have some sort of peace to reside.”