Deanna Tipton, class of 2013 at Agnes Scott College, has been selected from a group of finalists for the incoming class of the prestigious Kemper Scholars Program.
Tipton, from St. Louis, is planning a double major in music and religious studies. She hopes to parlay two of her greatest loves—music and her religious faith—into the creation of a program to help at-risk and low-income youth.
Tipton grew up in a single-parent home and said that music and her faith played key roles in keeping her grounded and happy. She wants to create a nonprofit organization to bring both to young people going through challenges similar to those she faced.
“My plan is to positively affect people’s lives through art and religion,” Tipton said. “I want to make lasting change, and I think the Kemper will help me hone in on my talents and give me the skills I need to make it work.”
Tipton is a member of numerous campus organizations, including the Emerging Leaders Program, Collegiate Chorale, World Percussion Ensemble and Witkaze. Tipton has also participated in college initiatives such as Haiti relief, the living wage campaign and sustainability.
The Kemper Scholar Program’s mission is preparing students for leadership and service, especially in the fields of administration and business. The program aims to promote education in the liberal arts while providing students opportunities for career exploration and practical experience. The program has been sponsored by the James S. Kemper Foundation of Chicago, Ill., since 1948.
“Kemper Scholars represent academically superior, community spirited, committed and well-rounded undergraduates from a group of 15 excellent liberal arts colleges around the country,” said Ryan LaHurd, president and executive director of the James S. Kemper Foundation. “Throughout the almost six decades of the program, scholars have gone on to make outstanding contributions as leaders in organizations around the country.”
Kemper Scholars receive annual scholarships of $3,000-$10,000, 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 nonprofit 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.
Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location – offering myriad cultural and experiential learning opportunities. A diverse and growing residential community of scholars, this highly selective liberal arts and sciences college is known for its dynamic and challenging intellectual community. Encouraging students to engage the wider world through study abroad and presenting its curriculum with international context, Agnes Scott College delivers on its promise: The World. For Women.