The Cotillion is a youth development and scholarship program co-sponsored by the DEED Foundation and the Kansas City, Missouri Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DST-KCMO) as part of its national five-point program. The annual program is designed to enhance the academic, social, cultural, and civic awareness of selected high school seniors from the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.
During a six-month period, the students participate in a bus tour of historically black colleges, an essay competition, workshops to improve college-readiness, and a talent showcase. The highlight of the program is the formal presentation dinner, which features a grand waltz performance and the announcement of scholarship awards. The Cotillion program has awarded more than $1,000,000 in college scholarships to 865 participants since 1986.
Basic Requirements to Become a Cotillion Applicant
Applicants must be a high school senior attending any school in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Applicants must have cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 (unweighted) scale.
Applicants must timely submit an application packet to include:
- The Cotillion Participant Application provided on this website
- Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a teacher or academic official)
- Official high school transcript
- Headshot photograph
- Fee deposit