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Two Pitzer College Students Selected as Kemper Foundation Scholars

Rare for one College to Produce Multiple Recipients

Kemper Scholars Pitzer College freshmen Jackeline Martinez of Los Angeles and Mauricio Pantoja of Pomona have been selected by the James S. Kemper Foundation as Kemper Scholars. The Kemper Scholar Program, now in its 56th year, is one of the oldest programs of its kind. Colleges may participate only by invitation from the Foundation.

“Pitzer College is pleased to be among a select group of colleges to receive this special grant award, and we are particularly honored that two of our students were chosen to participate in Kemper’s outstanding program this year,” President Laura Skandera Trombley said.

Both Pitzer students are planning double majors: Martinez in Psychology and Political Studies and Pantoja in Political Studies and Economics. Both students cite the smaller classrooms and close interaction with their professors among their chief reasons for attending Pitzer College.

Martinez and Pantoja will receive annual scholarships during their sophomore, junior and senior years of college and will also receive stipends for work in major nonprofit organizations in Chicago next summer following their sophomore year. After discussions with Foundation staff, the students will be placed in full-time administrative positions where they can learn about financial management, organizational strategy, fund raising and non-profit administration.

The mission of the James S. Kemper Foundation is to promote liberal arts education as an ideal preparation for life and work, especially in administration and business.

“The program has typically combined academic excellence with practical experience, and we are proud that many Kemper Scholars have gone on to become corporate executives and civic leaders,” said Thomas Hellie, executive director of the James S. Kemper Foundation.