Mehdia Hassan, a first-year student at Agnes Scott College, has been selected to be a Kemper Scholar.

KemperAs a Kemper Scholar, Hassan will receive an annual scholarship, paid internships following her sophomore and junior years and travel and accommodations to attend the Kemper Scholars Professional Development Conference in Chicago for the next three years.

“Mehdia’s view of the world will be a huge asset to the Kemper Scholar program,” shared Dawn Killenberg, Director of Internship and Career Development.  “Each of her references for this scholarship talked about her ease with people from different backgrounds and her initiative for seeking out learning and mentorship opportunities.”

Hassan comes to Agnes Scott from Lawrenceville, Georgia. She is a tutor at the Global Village Project, a member of the Scottie Green Team and the Public Health Club, and she has recently been selected to be a Summit Peer Advisor.  This spring, Mehdia traveled to Puerto Rico as part of the Summit Global Journeys cultural immersion trip.

Started in 1948, the Kemper Scholars Program is sponsored by the James S. Kemper Foundation of Chicago. The program’s mission is preparing students for professional leadership positions through experiential workplace learning that applies what they learn in their academic programs.

The James S. Kemper Foundation identifies high-potential undergraduate students and supports these Kemper Scholars with a comprehensive program that includes scholarships, coaching and internships through which they develop practical and professional skills needed to become effective leaders.

Kemper Scholars receive annual scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 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, fundraising and nonprofit administration. 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.