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Incoming freshmen and transfer students, join the next generation of leaders as a Bloch Launchpad Scholar.

Bloch Launchpad offers a unique professional and leadership development opportunity and awards students with up to $10,000 in scholarship funding. If you live in Kansas or Missouri and you plan to major in business or accounting, Bloch Launchpad is the program for you.

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BUILD YOUR SKILLS AND NETWORKS

Bloch Launchpad helps you hone your talents and build your networks, through exclusive professional development workshops and access to Kansas City’s business leaders:

We are Kansas City’s Business School and our program is supported by community partners committed to helping you succeed.

BE PART OF A COMMUNITY

 
As a Bloch Launchpad Scholar, you will be part of a cohort of like-minded students that have common goals and interests.

Launchpad offers a large array of events that allow you to get to know the other Scholars and build lifelong connections:

  • Start your time at the Bloch School right with the Liftoff Orientation program and Launchpad peer mentorship
  • Social events throughout the year
  • Community service events where you’ll work alongside each other to give back to the Kansas City community

STACK YOUR RESUME… EARLY

Every Launchpad Scholar is required to participate in at least one internship prior to graduation from the Bloch School.

As a Launchpad Scholar, you’ll receive early access to the Bloch Career Center and professional mentors to help you find the right internship:

  • A roadmap to help you stay on course to your career goals
  • Yearly one-on-one meetings with a Bloch Career Coach
  • Leadership opportunities within Launchpad to help build your resume

Scholarships and Qualifications

Will you be an incoming freshman/first-time college student?
As a Bloch Launchpad Scholar, first-time college students are eligible to receive one of the following scholarships, based on highest composite ACT score, high school core grade point average, Launchpad application submission and an interview with Bloch Launchpad Selection Committee.

Henry W. Bloch Impact Scholars | $10,000 a year in scholarship funding
(Includes a $5000 Curator’s/Academic Excellence Award and $5000 Bloch Launchpad Scholarship)

  • Resident of Missouri or Kansas
  • An ACT score of 28 or above
  • High school core GPA of 3.75
  • Strong personal statement and interview
  • Renewable each year with a 3.25 GPA, appropriate participation in Launchpad programming and progress toward completing your degree from the Bloch School of Management

Henry W. Bloch Legacy Scholars | $6000 a year in scholarship funding
(Includes a $3500 Chancellor’s Award and a $2500 Launchpad Scholarship)

  • Resident of Missouri or Kansas
  • An ACT score of 25 or above
  • High school core GPA of 3.50
  • Strong personal statement and interview
  • Renewable each year with a 3.0 GPA, appropriate participation in Launchpad programming and progress toward completing your degree from the Bloch School of Management

Henry W. Bloch Capstone Scholars | $4000 a year in scholarship funding
(Includes a $2000 Provost’s Award and a $2000 Launchpad Scholarship)

  • Resident of Missouri or Kansas
  • An ACT score of 22 or above
  • High school core GPA of 3.0
  • Strong personal statement and interview
  • Renewable each year with a 3.0 GPA, appropriate participation in Launchpad programming and progress toward completing your degree from the Bloch School of Management
Will you be an incoming transfer student from another college?
As a Bloch Launchpad Scholar, transfer students are eligible to receive one of the following scholarships, based on transfer credit GPA in a minimum of 40 transferrable credit hours, Launchpad application submission, and an interview with Bloch Launchpad Selection Committee.

Henry W. Bloch Achievement Scholars | $6000 in scholarship funding
(Includes a $2000 Chancellor’s Transfer Award and a $4000 Launchpad Scholarship)

  • Resident of Missouri or Kansas
  • 3.75 transfer credit GPA or above
  • Strong personal statement and interview
  • Renewable each year with a 3.25 GPA, appropriate participation in Launchpad programming and progress toward completing your degree from the Bloch School of Management

Henry W. Bloch Influence Scholars | $4500 a year in scholarship funding
(Includes a $2000 Chancellor’s Transfer Award and a $2500 Launchpad Scholarship)

  • Resident of Missouri or Kansas
  • 3.5 transfer credit GPA or above
  • Strong personal statement and interview
  • Renewable each year with 3.0 GPA, appropriate participation in Launchpad programming and progress toward completing your degree from the Bloch School of Management

Henry W. Bloch Leadership Scholars | $3500 a year in scholarship funding
(Includes a $2000 Chancellor’s Transfer Award and a $1500 Launchpad Scholarship)

  • Resident of Missouri or Kansas
  • 3.25 general transfer credit GPA or above
  • Strong personal statement and interview

Renewable each year with a 3.0 GPA, appropriate participation in Launchpad programming and progress toward completing your degree from the Bloch School of Management


Next Steps

  • Attend an upcoming Launchpad Virtual Information Session
  • Apply to UMKC and gain admission to study Business (B.B.A.), or Accounting (B.S.A.) no later than April 1, 2021
  • Complete the Bloch Launchpad Application by May 1, 2021
    • Only appears in checklist for those eligible based on requirements outlined above
  • Submit official high school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores (high school students only)
  • Submit official college transcript(s) (transfer students and/or high school students with dual-credit)

Testimonials

Austin Valdez
Bloch Accounting, Class of 2022
Launchpad Cohort Leader, Vice Chair of Professional Development

“Launchpad provides a community of amazing students and the most involved faculty at the Bloch School. Our community has developed an atmosphere of friendship, leadership and success.”

Testimonials

Harper Zimlich
Bloch Business Administration, Class of 2023
Small Business Owner: Harper’s Homemade

“I chose the Bloch School and Launchpad because I immediately felt at home once I visited, I knew it would be a place I would be able to learn and grow as both a student and a person.”

Testimonials

Jordan Daniels
Bloch Accounting, Class of 2021
Launchpad Cohort Leader, Vice Chair of Service Events

“My favorite aspect of Launchpad thus far has been our company visits. Being able to tour Kansas City companies and meet with professionals has been eye-opening and allowed me to figure out what I want to do post-graduation.”

Testimonials

Takhmina Mussayeva
Bloch Business Administration, Class of 2021
Launchpad Scholar

“As a Launchpad Scholar, you work closely with the Bloch Career Center – they are the best.  They are so welcoming and have really boosted my confidence for interviews.  With the help of the Bloch Career Center, I secured a full-time summer internship at Evergy – I’m so grateful that I was prepared when the opportunity knocked on my door!”

Testimonials

Grace Yu
Bloch Accounting, Class of 2023
Launchpad Cohort 2020 Leader, Secretary

“Aside from the obvious benefits of the Launchpad scholarship, the Launchpad program is one that helps you succeed. Exclusive social and professional events, seminars, and workshops help you build connections and learn new skills.”

Testimonials

Samuel Krause
Bloch Business Administration, Class of 2024
Launchpad Cohort 2020 Leader, Vice Chair of Professional Development

“My favorite aspect of Launchpad has easily been the friendships that I have made. We all have something in common, so it is easy to get along with everyone!”

Testimonials

Gavin Ott
Bloch Business Administration, Class of 2022
Launchpad Scholar

“When deciding on a university to attend, I chose the Bloch School and Launchpad program because they offer the best tools and experience for my collegiate path to success. I am continually impressed by the enthusiasm with which our program faculty and student leadership generate engagement opportunities for us, whether they be networking events, professional enrichments, career prospects, or even social get-togethers.”

Testimonials

Darby Mance
Bloch Accounting, Class of 2023
Launchpad Scholar

“One of my favorite aspects about Launchpad is the networking opportunities offered. The site visits and the mentor/mentee program are two of my favorite ways that Launchpad has helped me network. Another advantage is learning about job/internship opportunities earlier than others. This puts you ahead of the game and has helped me get an internship already.”

Testimonials

Monica Gonzalez
Bloch Accounting, Class of 2022
Launchpad Cohort 2020 Leader, Chair

“My goal after graduation is to work at a Big Four accounting firm and sit for the CPA. Launchpad has prepared me for that because thanks to the great connection Launchpad has with the Career Center, I was able to land an internship at a Big Four firm. Launchpad consistently prepares you to become the best version of yourself.”

To learn more about how to become a Launchpad Scholar in Kansas City’s premier undergraduate leadership program fill out the request form below.

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*Disclaimer
Selection to Bloch Launchpad is competitive and only available to permanent residents of Missouri and Kansas.  International students are not eligible.

The Bloch School of Management reserves the right to decline the selection of any applicant, regardless of qualification.

Students selected as Bloch Launchpad Scholars, that are also selected to receive other competitive UMKC Scholarships (i.e. Trustee’s Scholars) or that are part of other special scholarship programs (i.e. KC Scholars, other Bloch Family Scholarships) may have their Bloch Launchpad scholarship amount adjusted to account for the appropriate disbursement of funds and to comply with donor agreements.

Please refer all questions to launchpad@umkc.edu or call (816) 235.2895.