What Makes A Kemper Scholar?

Smart, Committed, Motivated

In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics and business career interest, Kemper Scholar Program applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. residents with work permits, and they must be willing to commit 10 weeks during the summer following their sophomore year and 9 weeks during the summer following their junior year for program participation.

Complete Eligibility Requirements


The Kemper Scholars Program is open to high-achieving college freshmen who are sincerely interested in pursuing a business career and who are enrolled at one of our ten Kemper Scholars Program Partner Institutions.

Who is most likely to be accepted as a Kemper Scholar?

The ideal candidate is smart, committed to a career in business and motivated not just to do well, but also to do good.

These young people are:

  • Self-Aware – They have a realistic vision of their own talents and limitations.
  • Patient – They do not expect instant gratification and know it can take time to find what they want or need.
  • Coachable – They seek out feedback, accept constructive criticism graciously and make positive changes in response to those suggestions.
  • Grateful – They appreciate the goodness in their lives and regularly express that thankfulness.

The most successful Kemper Scholars are…

those who understand the importance of creating value and growing the economy in ways that not only allow them to sustain themselves and their loved ones, but also help those less fortunate.


We will be accepting applications beginning Friday, August 21, 2020.