Pitzer Spotlights

2006-2007 Spotlight Archives

Ben Rubin ’10 Selected as a Kemper Scholar

Ben Rubin '10A Pitzer first-year student and a native of Tenafly, New Jersey, Ben Rubin is looking forward to his sophomore and junior summers when he will be fulfilling his duties as a Kemper Scholar.

The program is designed to encourage outstanding liberal arts college students to prepare for careers in business. The program includes scholarships, meetings with business leaders, and two paid summer internships: one with a non-profit agency and one that is designed by the students themselves.

“I am very excited about this special opportunity because it is so comprehensive and provides hands-on experience,” Rubin said.

Rubin, an undeclared major, first learned of Pitzer College as a result his Internet search for colleges and universities. “The core values of the College and student commitment matched my interests,” he said. He applied to eleven colleges including schools as large as the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but opted for Pitzer after a visit to the campus.

A camping and travel enthusiast, Rubin looks forward to working more in Pitzer’s organic garden, spending time in community service activities, and participating in a study abroad program. While a senior at Tenafly High School, Rubin earned an award, along with the maintenance staff for their contribution to the school’s revitalized courtyard garden.

Rubin is the College’s fourth student to be named a Kemper Scholar. Current Kemper Scholars at Pitzer College are Sandra Gonzalez, a sophomore and juniors Jackie Martinez and Mauricio Pantoja.

The Kemper Scholar Program is funded by the James S. Kemper Foundation of Long Grove, Illinois, to encourage liberal arts students to prepare for careers in business and administration. During their first summer internship, Kemper Scholars work with non-profit organizations in the Chicago area and receive a stipend from the Kemper Foundation. For the summer after their junior year, Kemper Scholars design their own internships or independent projects. Students in the program also attend conferences with business leaders and current and former Kemper Scholars.

-Susan Andrews