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Career Connections

David B. Mathis Kemper Scholar Program Application Open

The David B. Mathis Kemper Scholars Program at Lake Forest College, awarded by the James S. Kemper Foundation, provides scholarships, internships and career coaching to high-potential undergraduate students enabling them to develop the practical and professional skills they need to successfully launch a career in business.

The Foundation

Lake Forest College is one of 9 colleges in the United States that participate in the prestigious Kemper Scholars Program. Our program is named in honor of long-time College and Kemper Foundation trustee David B. Mathis, and provides up to four awards per year to outstanding young scholars.

The Kemper Foundation’s historical mission is to introduce students to careers in the various aspects of preparing for a successful career in business, particularly in insurance. Kemper Scholars must be genuinely open to exploring a career in the insurance industry.

The Kemper Foundation hopes to foster future leaders who pursue a vigorous, broad undergraduate education while participating in community service, engaging in campus activities, and exploring their vocational calling outside the classroom.

Who is Eligible?

Students of any major who are committed to pursuing a career in business and open to exploring job opportunities in the insurance industry.

The Insurance Industry

One of the fastest growing industries nation-wide, insurance offers opportunities for those interested in organizational development, sports, marketing, information technology, entertainment sales and more. Read more about the opportunities via our Vault Guide to Insurance


The deadline to complete an application is Wednesday, January 31, 2017.

The process also requires that students solicit two letters of recommendation. Applicants should use the application portal to make these requests for letters of support before winter break (by Friday, December 8, 2017) to ensure recommenders have as much time as possible to complete and submit their letters.

Benefits for the Scholars

  • Scholarships. Kemper Scholars receive scholarships of $3,000-$10,000 per academic year during their sophomore, junior, and years of undergraduate study, depending on demonstrated need. 
  • Coaching. Throughout their term as Kemper Scholars, participants are mentored by James S. Kemper Foundation staff. This coaching includes annual goal setting and webinars, one-on-one meetings, and weekly professional development seminars during the post- sophomore summer as part of the Chicago Summer Experience. Scholars also receive coaching and mentoring from their internship supervisors each summer and during their participation in the annual Kemper Career Institute in Chicago.
  • InternshipsPost-Sophomore Summer Experience: Scholars receive a stipend and housing to live as a group in Chicago, participate in weekly seminars and cultural outings, and work as interns with different non-profit organizations across the city. Post-Junior Internship: Scholars are eligible to apply for a paid internship with the Kemper Corporation in a variety of fields and locations across the United States. Scholars selected to intern at the Kemper Corporation will receive a summer stipend of $2,500 for their work in addition to hourly wages from Kemper Corporation. Scholars not selected to intern with the Kemper Corporation will be responsible for securing their own post-junior year paid summer internship in a for-profit organization and will also receive a summer stipend of $2,500.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Plan to graduate in no less than four years and have completed less than 20% of the coursework required for your major
  • Be academically successful
  • Be committed to pursuing a career in business and open to exploring job opportunities in the insurance industry
  • Be committed to your responsibilities as a scholar
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Read more about eligibility and what makes a strong candidate

For more information about the program, eligibility, and the application process, visit the Kemper Scholars website and make an appointment with the Lake Forest College Campus Coordinator, Stewart Foley, or the Business and Finance Pathway Leader, Joe Chmura.