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First-year selected for prestigious Kemper Program

Friday, May 16, 2014

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

Emalie Thern’17 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.

Thern, a first-year from New London, Wis., is a member of the college’s varsity softball team, the ONE club and the anthropology club. She continues to be involved with 4-H as a mentor to younger members, and plans to major in anthropology.

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 more than 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 nonprofit 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