Willamette University Chosen for Kemper Scholar Program

Willamette University is one of 15 universities in the nation and the only university in the Pacific Northwest selected for the Kemper Scholar Program.

Sponsored by the James S. Kemper Foundation of Chicago and established in 1948, the Kemper Scholar Program prepares students for leadership and service, especially in the fields of administration and business.

Each Kemper Scholar receives $3,000 to $8,000 per year for three years; $2,000 to $6,000 for internships in the sophomore and junior summers; full support to attend the annual Kemper Scholar Conference for three years; and sophomore summer internship opportunities in Chicago with non-profit organizations.

It also provides creative opportunities for the development of student leadership by pairing students with executive mentors in non-profit administration and sponsors a network with other Kemper Scholars and program alumni who have been successful in business, politics and the arts.

Local institutions select finalists who are then interviewed by the Foundation. The Foundation selects one Kemper Scholar at each college each year for three years.

"This is an exceptional opportunity for our students," said Carol Long, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Willamette University. "Like Willamette, many of the participating universities are Tier One institutions. We are honored to be in such fine company and we thank the Kemper Foundation for its generosity."