Kemper Scholars Program

Developing the next generation of leaders

The Kemper Foundation strives to empower young people to achieve their full potential

Since 1948, The Kemper Foundation has prepared college students for leadership and service in the business world. More than 2,000 scholarships have been distributed to date. In 2021, the Foundation broadened its scope with a multi-year commitment to assist high potential, diverse college students. Through a partnership with 10 schools across the country, The Kemper Scholars Program provides merit-based scholarships, mentoring, and career navigation resources. Additionally, Kemper Scholar partner schools receive faculty grants and other diversity, equity and inclusion support.

How it works

The Kemper Scholars Program is a gateway experience for students who aspire to manage and lead organizations, but who may have no previous exposure or access to the world of business.

Partner schools

The Kemper Scholars program is administered through 10 partner schools across the country, including:

  •  California State University (Los Angeles)**
  • Clark Atlanta University*
  • Florida International University**
  • Harris-Stowe State University*
  • Miles College*
  • Northwestern University 
  • The University of Chicago 
  • University of Notre Dame 
  • University of Texas **
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison

*HBCU – Historically Black College and University **HSI – Hispanic Serving Institution          

Student eligibility

College students must be enrolled at a Kemper Scholars Program partner schools and:

  • Be a junior or senior
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Be Pell eligible or otherwise, face challenges financing your education
  • Not an employee of, or a child of an employee of The Kemper Foundation or the Kemper family of Companies.

Faculty grants

The Kemper Foundation Faculty Award is open to faculty at a Kemper Scholars Program partner schools and must:

  • Be a current, full-time faculty member
  • Demonstrate an interest in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) in the fields of business through research and/or curriculum development.
  • Engage with Kemper Scholars through on campus lectures, discussions and workshops.  
  • Not an employee of, or a child or parent of an employee of The Kemper Foundation or the Kemper family of Companies.

Program details


Need-based scholarships of $5,000-$10,000 per academic year are awarded to underrepresented students majoring in business who achieve a 3.0 GPA and are entering their junior and senior academic years. In addition, Kemper Scholars at partner schools have the opportunity to mentor with Kemper Corporation employees, attend insurance career panels and workshops, and join DE&I organization forums and career preparation programs.

Faculty Grants

The Kemper Foundation Faculty Award provides $25,000 – $50,000 grants to faculty at partner schools to help promote professional development, research, curriculum development, and teaching programs that advance and foster greater diversity in financial services.
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DE&I Program Development and Support

To support its partner schools, The Kemper Foundation provides financial support to promote greater engagement with diverse campus and business school organizations.