Beth Hammock
Beth Hammock, Donor Relations Writer

I love digging for the true case for support for any initiative. I created this one for the UMKC Honors College.

UMKC Honors College Case Statement
I created this case statement for a new advancement program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Honors College. Some of the text is below.

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Exceptional students are transformed into extraordinary leaders, researchers, and thinkers at the UMKC Honors College. Established in 2015, the Honors College is the place for the most talented students in the region to belong to a community of intellectual peers — people who are going places!

The Honors College creates a liberal arts college environment within UMKC. Students thrive surrounded by others committed to academic excellence.

The Honors College attracts students who are recruited by every major university in the country. They are Kansas City’s future civic and business leaders. We want top talent to stay and engage with our vibrant community. The university has big goals for growing the Honors College. We started with 200 students enrolled. Our goal is 600 students learning together in the Honors College by 2020.

Scholarships are the trump card in recruiting honors students. That’s why we created Honors College Scholarships — a notch above UMKC’s highest automatic scholarship, the Curators’ Scholar Award. Please consider a gift for scholarships or for the Honors College Opportunity Fund — a fund providing resources for study abroad, internships, and other rewarding experiences for students.
This publication shares stories of the impact of a UMKC Honors College education. We are counting on you to be inspired and step up to support this next generation of leaders from UMKC. On behalf of the students of today and tomorrow, thank you!

Sincerely yours,

James McKusick, Dean

Giving Opportunities

Trustees’ Scholarships

UMKC’s most generous scholarship covers all educational expenses plus $500 toward books for four years. Trustees Scholars also receive room and board on campus for the first two years and a $2,000 stipend toward living expenses in their third and fourth years.

Honors College Scholarships

A scholarship of $4,000 per year — larger than the Curators’ Scholarship — exclusively awarded to Honors College students.

Honors College Opportunity Fund

Provides resources for the Honors College to ensure its students have the best possible educational opportunities, including study abroad, attending conferences, internships, service learning, research, and more.


The results of her work speak for themselves: we have been highly successful in building our network of potential donors through direct mail and social media outreach while also successfully marketing our program to an ever more extensive and diverse population of potential students. 

James McKusick, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City Honors Program