Foundation for Delta Educational and Economic Development



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 
    • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a teacher or academic official)
    • Official high school transcript
    • Headshot photograph
    • Fee deposit | Pay installment