The program, the James S. Kemper Fellows Program, is funded by a $96,000 grant from the James S. Kemper Foundation to Anderson University and seven other colleges and universities: Bluffton College, Bluffton, Ohio; Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Va.; Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio; Elmira College, Elmira, N.Y.; Manchester College, North Manchester, Ind., McPherson College, McPherson, Kan.; and Northland College, Ashland, Wisc.
The grant will support at least 12 Kemper Fellows during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 academic years.
“The Kemper Fellows program is a marvelous opportunity for some of our brightest students to become proficient in research,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “What is exciting about the program is that it comes early in one's academic career and includes a time to share the work with other top-level students in similar colleges and universities.”
The sophomores, who have been recommended by faculty to their respective campus presidents and possess at least a 3.6 GPA, have until April 2 to turn in their applications. Each institution can nominate up to three students as Kemper Fellows. Each school will be guaranteed at least one choice.
The sophomores will learn of their selection as Kemper Fellows in mid-April.
Each Kemper Fellow will then be awarded a $1,500 to $3,000 Imagination Grant to undertake a project of their design, anywhere in the world, for at least five weeks. The Kemper Fellows are to participate in this project sometime between May and August of this summer.
“We believe our best students can compete with the best of students at high profile academic institutions anywhere,” added Dr. Edwards. “This program can be a first step toward future grants and outstanding achievements.” At the start of their junior years, the fellows will gather together at a major university, such as Oxford, for a week to share their “imagination” experience with each other.
During their junior and senior years, the fellows will meet with their respective campus presidents at least three times each year. The meetings will allow the presidents to help the students as mentors as well as demonstrate their commitment to the students’ futures.
As for the future, Dr. Edwards and the other presidents view the Kemper Fellows as becoming leaders in business, education, science, public affairs, and other sectors.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education and theology.