Willamette student earns aid, business internships as a Kemper Scholar

The James S. Kemper Foundation has selected Anel Venegas ’15 for the prestigious Kemper Scholars Program, which will prepare her for leadership and service in the management and business fields.

Venegas was selected on the basis of academic excellence, character, leadership and service experience. She will receive an annual scholarship of $8,000 for her remaining years of college, along with ongoing mentoring and the ability to attend annual conferences with Kemper Scholars from across the country.

She also will participate in two, paid, summer internships: one at a nonprofit organization in Chicago and another at a for-profit organization of her choice.

“I feel so privileged just to be called a Kemper Scholar. I look forward to the summer internships where I will improve and expand on my existing knowledge of business and business etiquette,” Venegas says. “I also look forward to meeting other Kemper Scholars and learning from them.”

Venegas plans to create a major that combines mathematics and economics. She is involved with the Lee House Council at Willamette, where she serves as international chair. She is also a recipient of a Ford Family Foundation Scholarship and the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Scholarship.

After graduation, Venegas hopes to open a tutoring business where she will apply the knowledge she learned through the Kemper Foundation opportunities.

Willamette is one of 15 small colleges that can nominate students to be Kemper Scholars.

For more information about this and other student scholarships, see the Office of Student Academic Grants and Awards.