Kemper Scholars Program
Beloit College is one of only 16 colleges and universities nationwide to be selected as a partnering institution in the Kemper Scholar Program. One first-year student from each of the 16 Kemper Scholar institutions is selected each year to participate in this prestigious program. Selection at Beloit College for the program begins in late fall term. Sponsored by the James S. Kemper Foundation of Chicago, Illinois, the Kemper Scholar Program prepares students for leadership and service. The Foundation believes that undergraduate study of the liberal arts is the best preparation for life and career; thus the program aims to promote education in the liberal arts while providing opportunities for career exploration and practical experience.
Kemper Scholars must maintain at least a 3.00 grade point average. They receive annual scholarships of $3,000-$10,000 during the sophomore, junior, and senior years of college. All Scholars receive a minimum award of $3,000/year; if there is financial need, they can receive as much as $10,000/year.
Summer Internship Support
Kemper Scholars receive $6,900 stipends for work as interns in nonprofit organizations in Chicago during the summer following the sophomore year. After discussions with Foundation staff, Scholars are placed in full-time administrative positions where they can learn about financial management, organizational strategy, fund-raising, and non-profit administration. Scholars live together in furnished apartments and participate in a weekly seminar while having many opportunities to explore a major metropolitan area.
During the summer following the junior year, Scholars are eligible for summer internship stipend ranging from $2,000 to $6,900 (depending on need) to pursue an internship with a for-profit organization. While the Scholars' summer activities must relate to their educational or career goals, Scholars have great latitude in designing their summer internships.
The 2014 application is now closed. Information regarding the selection of the Class of 2018 scholar will be available in late 2014. Questions regarding the program can be directed to