About The Kemper Foundation

The James S. Kemper Foundation was established in 1942 by its namesake—an insurance businessman and philanthropist—as a means to support his charitable endeavors. Mr. Kemper placed a high value on the communal nature of education and believed learning comes through mentorship and gaining active experience in the world of work. This philosophy encouraged the creation of the Kemper Scholars Program in 1948. The program prepared students for leadership and service in the business world, with a special focus on exploring the insurance industry.

Today, The Kemper Foundation’s initiatives are focused on supporting causes and organizations primarily in the areas of education, health, and community development. In 2021, the Kemper Scholars Program evolved to broaden its scope and offer scholarships and other opportunities to high potential, diverse college students with demonstrated financial need and a strong interest in business, insurance, and finance careers.

JAMES S. KEMPER FOUNDATION FOUNDED

KEMPER SCHOLARS PROGRAM FOUNDED

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Board of Trustees

Joseph P. Lacher

Board Chairman

Ismat Aziz
Ismat Aziz

Trustee

Kemper Foundation John Boschelli
John Boschelli

Trustee

Kemper Foundation Charles Brooks
Charles Brooks

Trustee

Kemper Foundation Tom Evans
Tom Evans

Trustee

Kemper Foundation Jim McKinney
James McKinney

Trustee

Officers

Barbara Ciesemier
Barbara Ciesemier

Kemper Foundation President

Uchenna Hicks
Uchenna Hicks

Treasurer

Bob O'Keefe
Bob O’Keefe

Secretary