Expectations of Kemper Scholars
Participants in the Kemper Scholars Program must fulfill a number of expectations to maintain good standing in the program.
Academic standing and progress toward graduation
Kemper Scholars must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0. At the end of each term, grades must be reported to the James S. Kemper Foundation and Scholars must request that the Registrar provide the Kemper Foundation annually with an official transcript of grades. In the event a Scholar’s cumulative average falls below 3.0, he or she may be given one probationary academic term. However, continuing unsatisfactory performance for a subsequent term will result in dismissal from the program.
Positively represent the Kemper Scholars Program
All Kemper Scholars must be exhibit personal habits and behaviors that reflect positively on the Kemper Scholars Program. Kemper Scholars involved with illegal, inappropriate or illicit behavior will be removed from the program.
Campus Coordinators and other officials at participating institutions may determine that a Kemper Scholar does not represent the school well and ask that the student be removed from the Kemper Scholars Program. Students dropped from the program because of inappropriate behavior, unacceptable grades or lack of progress toward the degree will not be readmitted. Students transferring to a school that is not a Kemper Scholars institution may not remain in the program.
Active participation in all Kemper Scholars Program activities
The Kemper Foundation expects Kemper Scholars to complete all program assignments in a timely and high quality fashion. Kemper Scholars continued participation in the program is evaluated based on the level of commitment to these assignments and timely response to requests from the Kemper Foundation.
Kemper Scholars are expected to design and submit thoughtful and appropriate written academic, professional and personal goals at least twice each year. These goals will be discussed with Kemper Foundation staff and consulted in formation of summer internships and projects.
Kemper Scholars must complete two internships. During their post-sophomore Chicago Summer Experience, Scholars will work in a Chicago-area organization identified by the Kemper Foundation as having the capacity to provide serious, project-oriented work in administration, finance or other areas of relevance to the Kemper Scholars Program.
After junior year, Scholars are eligible to apply for a paid internship with Kemper Corporation in a variety of fields and locations around the United States. Scholars may apply and interview with Kemper Corporation for internships of interest to them. They will be selected for appropriate internships by the Kemper Corporation staff based on each student’s experience and skills. It is expected that some of the Scholars who successfully complete a post-junior year internship with Kemper Corporation will receive offers of post-college employment with the Kemper Corporation. The number of offers will vary year to year based on the interests and qualifications of the Scholars as well as the needs of the company.
Scholars not selected for an internship with Kemper Corporation, are responsible for securing their own paid summer internship in a for-profit organization.
Scholars must perform satisfactorily in both full-time summer internships. Scholars dismissed from an internship may be dropped from the Kemper Scholars Program.
Availability/priority for internships
During the post-sophomore and post-junior year summers, Kemper Scholars must make their Kemper internships their first priority and ensure that they are free to complete the full internship for each summer. Kemper Scholars must not create academic schedules or commitments (e.g., student-faculty research projects, study abroad) that may require them to use their post-sophomore and post-junior year summers for activities other than Kemper Scholars Program.
Kemper Foundation staff coaching
Kemper Scholars are expected to meet with Kemper Foundation staff by telephone, Internet or in person at least twice each year.
Communication and follow up tasks
Kemper Scholars must update forms/documents and complete tasks as requested by the Kemper Foundation staff on a timely basis. Students who are chronically late in responding to Kemper Foundation requests and require repeated reminders would be dismissed from the program.
FAFSA form completion
Kemper Scholars who wish to be considered for more than the minimum scholarship of $3,000 per year must complete the FAFSA form for each academic year. Award amounts are based on the FAFSA and on calculations by each student’s campus financial aid office. Students whose family has not filed a FAFSA will receive no more than the minimum scholarship.