Huntsville Resident Named Kemper Scholar

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Emily Piff

ATLANTA – Emily Piff, a first-year student at Agnes Scott College, has been named a Kemper Scholar.

As a Kemper Scholar, Piff 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.

"Emily impressed the selection committee with her ability to juggle academic excellence, on-campus involvement and part-time work,” said Dawn Killenberg, Agnes Scott’s director of internship and career development and the campus coordinator for the Kemper Scholar program. "She is interested in learning more about the intersection of higher level math and business, but her pursuits are not purely analytical.”

Piff came to Agnes Scott from Huntsville, Alabama. She is active in Hillel, serves as a tutor for high school students and works at Mathnasium, a math tutoring center. As part of a spring semester course called Fashion Matters, she concluded her first year at Agnes Scott with a two-week trip to Paris with her classmates and professors.

“Kemper Scholars represent a select group of undergraduates from a group of exemplary liberal arts colleges around the country,” explains Dr. Ryan LaHurd, President of the James S. Kemper Foundation. “In our time of rapid change and globalization and the need for complex problem-solving and innovation skills, we at the Kemper Foundation are proud of our role in helping shape the next generation of leaders.”

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 Kemper Foundation believes that undergraduate study of the liberal arts represents the best preparation for life and career. The foundation’s experience shows that students learn the value of their liberal arts education for leadership by seeing how they use what they have learned when they work in a professional environment.

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.

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 social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.