Each year, the H&R Block Foundation, partnering with the MCC Foundation and MCC-Penn Valley, awards scholarships to a number of MCC students as part of the Bloch Scholars program.
This scholarship provides the opportunity to earn an associate's degree from MCC-Penn Valley and continue on to the University of Missouri-Kansas City to earn a bachelor's degree.
Students are selected to receive this prestigious scholarship based on review of the following criteria:
Richard Lara, Bloch Scholars Program Malcom T. Wilson, Student Enrollment Center 3201 Southwest Trafficway, Box 145 Kansas City, MO 641111
For additional information contact Richard Lara at 816.604.4315.
It's the American dream. Two men start a company on a $5,000 loan and a prayer and turn it into one of the most successful companies in the world. It becomes a tax service that serves more than 24 million customers at more than 13,000 retail outlets and whose own tax return shows billions in income.
It is an amazing success story. Yet the H in H&R Block, Henry Bloch, was not a scholar.
Henry Bloch was born in 1922, and attended Southwest High School. He was an average student at best, struggling to make the grades. His college career spanned the University of Kansas City and the University of Michigan, from which he graduated in 1944.
After distinguished WWII service, he and his brother Leon founded a bookkeeping company, the United Business Company. After several disappointing months, Leon left the business and another brother, Richard, joined the company.
On the brink of cancelling one of the side services they offered clients, tax preparation, they were persuaded to try running an ad. The day it ran, Henry received a fateful message from his brother, "Hank, get back as quick as you can. We've got an office full of people!"
In 1955, the two brothers founded H&R Block. In just a few weeks. they grossed more than $20,000. The next year, they made more than $65,000.
In 1957, they began franchising the business. In 1962, the company made $800,000 and became a public company. Today it is a multi-billion dollar company.
In honor of his retirement from the Corporation, The H&R Block Foundation created a scholarship in Henry Bloch's honor that does NOT require a high gpa, high ACT score or a high rank in school. Since 2000, this scholarship has provided funds for tuition and fees for average students like himself who have the drive and determination to succeed.