Buchanan County Degree Attainment Initiative

  • St. Joseph, MO

    Strengthen the local ecomomy

    By increasing the education and skills of your employees.

  • Hundred Bill Corners

    $7,500 Scholarship

    Selected participants will be offered scholarships of up to $7,500.00 to complete a degree in a field related to your business.

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    Degree Attainment

    Help your employees and interns earn college degrees.

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    Industry Growth

    Contribute to the success of your business and the growth of your industry.

Employees, apprentices, and interns whom you identify as having great potential to positively impact your business are ideal candidates for this program. The ideal candidate will also already have significant college credits toward a degree they have started but not finished.

The goals of the BCDAI are to increase the number of individuals in Buchanan County who hold a bachelor's degree, to increase the number of jobs in high growth industries in the region, and most importantly to strengthen the economy.

By providing scholarships to regional citizens, especially to low and moderate income participants, the BCDAI offers a pathway for area employees, apprentices, and interns to achieve degrees. The BCDAI benefits area businesses by increasing the education and skills of their employees.

Please note: Funds can only be used at Missouri state-assisted colleges.

What businesses may participate?

The BCDAI is for area high-growth business and industries, including those in:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • energy solutions, bioscience
  • health sciences and services
  • information technology
  • financial and professional services
  • transportation and logistics

If your business falls in one of these categories, and you'd like to become a partner, please contact the Western Institute at 816-271-4100.

Once my business becomes a partner, how do we participate?
  1. Identify nominees for participation.
  2. Download the application, and have each of your nominees fill it out and return as instructed.
  3. All applications must be returned to Western Institute for processing, even if the nominee wishes to attend an institution other than Missouri Western.
  4. A board made up of representatives of partnering business, agencies and educational entities will select program participants from your nominees.