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First-year selected as Kemper Scholar

Friday, April 26, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at or 608-363-2849

Katia Colin of Illinois selected by Chicago-based leadership program

Katia Colin has been selected from a group of finalists for the incoming class of the prestigious Kemper Scholars Program. The program has been sponsored by the James S. Kemper Foundation of Chicago, Ill., since 1948.

Colin is a first-year from Waukegan, Ill. She is involved in the Peace and Justice Club, the Outdoor Environment House and Voces Latinas. She mentors elementary school students, and she recently won a Beloit College Sustainability Fellowship. As part of her fellowship, she will work with program staff and campus faculty members to design and implement “green” science and sustainability activities for the college’s Help Yourself Program. Her major is currently undecided.

The mission of the Kemper Scholars Program is to prepare students for leadership and service, especially in the fields of organizational administration and business. Aiming to promote education in the liberal arts, the program provides students opportunities for career exploration and practical experience.

Kemper Scholars represent the best undergraduates from a group of 16 exemplary liberal arts colleges around the country, according to Dr. Ryan LaHurd, the president and executive director of the James S. Kemper Foundation.

 “They are selected because they are committed to their studies and service in their communities and because they have exhibited leadership and well-rounded, ethical character. Throughout the over six decades of the program, scholars have gone on to make outstanding contributions as leaders in organizations around the country," he said.

Kemper Scholars receive annual scholarships up to $10,000 based on need during their sophomore, junior and senior years of college, and they receive stipends to cover the costs of their work as interns in major non-profit organizations in Chicago during the summer following their sophomore year. Scholars are placed in full-time administrative positions where they can learn about such things as financial management, organizational strategy, fund-raising and non-profit administration.

During the summer following their junior year, scholars are eligible for summer stipends to cover the costs of a learning opportunity in an internship in a for-profit corporation. Each year all Kemper Scholars attend a national conference to discuss summer projects, meet with former Kemper Scholars, and consider topics in administration, leadership and business.

For more information on the Kemper Foundation, visit