College scholarship fair attracts ‘Infinite Scholars’

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(Photos by Manuel Solano)

Being a scholar takes brains, but it can also take money.

MCC-Penn Valley’s Education Center was the site of the Infinite Scholars college fair Oct. 10. The focus of this fair, open to high school students from around Kansas City, was scholarships.

Students were instructed to bring multiple copies of their official ACT or SAT scores, high school transcript and two letters of recommendation.

MCC was one of several colleges with representatives at the event.

Infinite Scholars2 1015The Infinite Scholars organization hosts college fairs in more than two dozen cities, connecting students with scholarship and financial aid opportunities from participating colleges.

Infinite Scholars, based in St. Louis, is especially interested in helping low-income students and students of diversity.

The nonprofit program was founded in 2003 by Thomas “T” Ousley, who taught high school English and history for 29 years with the Jennings (Mo.) School District. Ousley worked on many mentoring and educational initiatives to assist low-income students to attend college. He found that too few of his students who deserved to go to college actually enrolled because they thought they couldn’t afford it.