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Three named Kemper Scholars

The Kemper Foundation has selected three Lake Forest College students for the Kemper Scholars program.

Lake Forest’s recipients are Lauren Bell ’18, Kara Norvet ’18, and Sabelo Zwane ’18.

The Kemper Scholars Program’s mission is preparing students for professional leadership positions through experiential workplace learning that applies what they learn in their academic programs. The Foundation believes that undergraduate study of the liberal arts represents the best preparation for life and career. The program aims to promote education in the liberal arts while providing students opportunities for career exploration and practical experience. The Foundation’s experience shows that students learn the value of their liberal arts education for leadership by seeing how they use what they have learned when they work in a professional environment.

“This is a great opportunity to get an out-of-class experience in a working environment interacting with other people and also an opportunity for me to build on my talent and skills for my future career,” said Zwane, a finance and math double-major.

“The Kemper Scholar Foundation will better prepare me to take on the increasingly competitive world after graduation and this experience will give me the tools to succeed and achieve my wildest aspirations,” said Bell, a politics and economics double-major who is minoring in legal studies.

Norvet, a finance major and communication minor, considers it a “huge honor” to be among the four students who will represent Lake Forest College in the program. “It is a great opportunity for further learning, leadership, and experience.”

Kemper Scholars represent a select group of undergraduates from a group of exemplary liberal arts colleges around the country, said Dr. Ryan LaHurd, President 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,” LaHurd said. “Throughout the over six decades of the program, scholars have gone on to make outstanding contributions as leaders in organizations around the country.”

Recent research reports that employers primary criterion in hiring is whether graduates have had real world experience in internships and work while in college. “The Kemper Scholars Program helps students apply their academic education to the world of professional careers making connections between the classroom and the workplace,” said Jerry Fuller, Executive Director of the Foundation.

Kemper Scholars receive annual scholarships based on need during their sophomore, junior, and senior years of college. Kemper Scholars also 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 Chicago summer, scholars live in the same apartment residence hall and participate in a weekly seminar while having opportunities to explore the cultural, historical, and entertainment aspects of the city.

During the summer following their junior year, scholars will have varied opportunities for summer internships in the insurance industry at offices of the Kemper Corporation throughout the United States. 

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. They periodically read and discuss major works on leadership, service, ethics, or business; and they have frequent contact with Kemper Foundation staff to discuss the scholars’ academic and professional goals, as well as their hopes for future careers and learning opportunities.

“In our time of rapid change and globalization and the need for complex problem-solving and innovation skills, we at the James S. Kemper Foundation are proud of our role in helping shape the next generation of leaders. Kemper Scholars’ broad background and experiential learning opportunities as part of the Program will make them eminently qualified for the myriad opportunities the future will offer,” said Dr. LaHurd.