Benefits for the Scholars

It’s more than a scholarship. It’s your foot in the door.

The Kemper Scholars Program is a valuable combination of financial support, mentoring and guided internship experiences that helps high-potential students prepare for successful business careers.

  • Scholarships
    Kemper Scholars receive scholarships of $3,000-$15,000 per academic year during their sophomore, junior, and senior years of undergraduate study, depending on demonstrated need.
  • Coaching
    The staff of the James S. Kemper Foundation mentors Kemper Scholars throughout the program. Coaching includes annual goal setting sessions, one-on-one meetings and weekly professional development seminars during the post- sophomore summer as part of the Chicago Summer Experience. Scholars also receive coaching and mentoring from their internship supervisors each summer and during their participation in the annual Kemper Scholar Conference in Chicago.
  • Internships
    Post-Sophomore Summer Experience: Scholars receive a $5,000 stipend and housing to live in Chicago, participate in weekly seminars and cultural outings, and work as interns with difference nonprofit organizations across the city.
    Post-Junior Internship: Scholars are eligible to apply for a paid internship with Kemper Corporation in a variety of fields and locations across the United States. Scholars selected to intern at Kemper Corporation will receive a summer stipend of $5,000 from the Foundation in addition to hourly wages from Kemper Corporation. Scholars not selected to intern with Kemper Corporation will be responsible for securing their own post-junior year paid summer internship with a for-profit organization and will also receive a summer stipend of $5,000 from the Foundation.