Surprise Scholarship Turns Dreams to Reality for KHS Senior

Bailey Love-Davis gets $50,000 award during national broadcast

Kearney, Mo., November 21, 2023: Friday, Nov. 17 was a very good morning indeed for Kearney High School senior Bailey Love-Davis.

Ms. Love-Davis was one of just 105 students from the Kansas City region who were invited to the taping of a segment that morning for ABC’s nationally televised “GMA3: What You Need to Know” about how the local non-profit Great Jobs KC was supporting the college aspirations for deserving youth.

She arrived believing that she was just another audience member excited to meet special guests Tech N9ne and Eric Stonestreet. She left with a $50,000 college scholarship.

“When I heard that they were going to broadcast this segment about how Great Jobs KC was giving out a scholarship, I thought they just wanted people there to make the audience look full,” Love-Davis said. “Then Tech9 came out and was like, ‘You get $50,000! You get $50,000! You get $50,000!’ I started crying because it’s such a life-changing thing to be able to have all that paid for, especially when you have such big goals.”

Love-Davis already knew that she wanted to pursue a career as a dentist. She planned to save money by using an A+ Scholarship to attend a community college first. The Great Jobs KC scholarship means that she is instead going to study at the University of Missouri-Kansas City on a pre-dentistry and chemistry track.

The path to this point started when Love-Davis applied for a scholarship through Scholars KC, which provides scholarships, financial incentives, and support services for low- and modest-income students and adults to complete a postsecondary credit-bearing credential or degree. Beginning in 2022, KC Scholars broadened its programs by adding Great Jobs KC, a tuition-free job training program, life skills workshops, and career placement programming.

The expanded organization partnered with GMA3, an off-shoot of the “Good Morning America” program, to award about $5 million in scholarships this year to Kansas City-area students, according to the Great Jobs KC website.

“They’re changing the lives of thousands of people around Kansas City,” Love-Davis said. “Great Jobs KC is branching out to the younger generations now and making a difference that way.”

Bailey Love-Davis poses with Great Jobs KC President and CEO Earl Phalen during the Nov. 17 taping of the GMA3 segment.

Celebrating after the fact with renowned rapper Tech N9ne and comedian Eric Stonestreet was icing on the cake for Love-Davis and her mom, Sonja Love.

“My mom was on the opposite side of the crowd as me, so I ran to her and she was crying and I was crying and everyone was saying, ‘Congratulations!’,” Love-Davis said. “I shook hands with Tech9 and Eric Stonestreet and took pictures with them.”

The Great Jobs KC scholarship is the culmination of a lifelong dream for Bailey, according to her mom.

“I have watched Bailey grow from the little girl creating science projects around the house into the young lady working to earn her spot in the medical field,” Sonja Love said. “This scholarship will give her access to the education and experience needed to pursue that passion. I don’t have words to express how proud we all are of her for earning this scholarship. We extend our love and appreciation to the Great Jobs KC family as well for their great work in the community! They really are changing lives.”