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

Academic standing, achievement and potential

Personal characteristics

Availability for post-sophomore and post-junior summer experiences

Need and opportunity

Diversity

 

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

  •  Attentive
    Can set aside their own thoughts and feelings and give their full attention to others when required.
  • Coachable
    Seeks out feedback, accepts constructive criticism graciously and responds to suggestions by making positive changes.
  • Collaborative
    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.
  • Curious
    Driven to acquire broader knowledge of the world around them—its people, issues and problems.
  • Empathetic
    Listens to and has the capacity to understand diverse people and their challenges and potential contributions.
  • Genuine
    Communicates openly and honestly and expects the same of others. Willing and able to express their authentic self.
  • Grateful
    Appreciates the goodness in their lives and makes a habit of expressing thankfulness to others.
  • Grounded
    Can manage ambiguity, cope effectively with change, and make reliable decisions based on limited information.
  • Intuitive
    Able to pick up on the feelings of other people and to read how best to approach a situation.
  • Patient
    Does not expect instant gratification and knows that finding what they want or need can take time.
  • Positive
    Adopts a generally positive attitude toward life and work and encourages others to do the same.
  • Self-Aware
    Has a realistic vision of their own talents and limitations.
  • Responsible
    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.

 

Diversity

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.