What Makes a Strong Kemper Scholar
Students accepted to the Kemper Scholar Program meet a number of criteria based on scholastic achievement, career interests and demonstrated maturity. The Kemper Scholars Program evaluates candidates based on the following considerations:
Academic major/career interests
Demonstrate a sincere interest in pursuing a business career by declaring or expressing their intent to declare a major or minor in a business-related field. Possible courses of study include but are not limited to: business administration, economics, accounting, finance, marketing, data analytics, human resource management, actuarial science, information systems and information technology.
Academic standing, achievement and potential
Students who plan to graduate in no less than four years and have completed less than 20% of the coursework required for their major. Kemper Scholars must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Students who achieve less than 3.0 cumulative grade point average for two semesters will be dropped from the program.
The Characteristics of a Successful Kemper Scholar
Can set aside their own thoughts and feelings and give their full attention to others when required.
Seeks out feedback, accepts constructive criticism graciously and responds to suggestions by making positive changes.
Can work productively with others toward shared goals and can accept that their success sometimes rests in the hands of others.
- Confident, not Boastful
Knows that quiet determination, steadfast integrity and effective action speak volumes about their abilities, without the need to advertise them.
Driven to acquire broader knowledge of the world around them—its people, issues and problems.
Listens to and has the capacity to understand diverse people and their challenges and potential contributions.
Communicates openly and honestly and expects the same of others. Willing and able to express their authentic self.
Appreciates the goodness in their lives and makes a habit of expressing thankfulness to others.
Can manage ambiguity, cope effectively with change, and make reliable decisions based on limited information.
Able to pick up on the feelings of other people and to read how best to approach a situation.
Does not expect instant gratification and knows that finding what they want or need can take time.
Adopts a generally positive attitude toward life and work and encourages others to do the same.
Has a realistic vision of their own talents and limitations.
Keeps their commitments and acknowledges the consequences of their actions.
Availability for post-sophomore and post-junior summer experiences
Kemper Scholars must commit at least ten weeks between the end of the spring term and the fall term after their sophomore and junior years, plus time for travel to their internship sites. Students hoping to study abroad for a full year or in the spring term in an international study program that do not end until mid- or late-June should not apply to the Kemper Scholars Program unless they are willing to alter their international study plans.
Need and opportunity
For many participants, the Kemper Scholars Program provides their first chance to work alongside adult professionals, to live independently away from home and to test out a professional career. For these students, the program often has the greatest value and makes the greatest impact. While they are not the primary criteria, personal background and financial need may be considered in the selection process.
The Kemper Foundation seeks to recruit Scholars from diverse economic, ethnic and geographical backgrounds. We seek also to achieve a group balanced, preferably equally, between male and female participants.