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Chris Curfman – Kemper Scholar

Name: Chris Curfman

Class Year: 2017

Hometown: Altoona, PA

Major(s): Economics and Mathematics

Minors or Concentrations: German

Opportunity and Year: Kemper Scholar Program, 2014-15

Project Summary: Kemper Scholars receive scholarship financial assistance for three years of study as well as summer project stipends for two years.  After their sophomore year, scholars are placed in an internship at a non-profit company in Chicago, where they learn practical work experience.  After their junior year, scholars are responsible for finding their own for-profit internship.

How did W&L prepare you for this opportunity? W&L provided me with the resources to prepare for my interviews and helped me present the most professional resume and application possible.

Why did you apply for this opportunity? I felt that it was an amazing opportunity that would provide me the chance to get ahead in the work force while helping me decide what field of employment I wanted to pursue.

Post-graduation Plans: I hope to pursue a Masters of Economics degree or enter into the finance or consulting industries.

How will this opportunity help you achieve your goals? It will provide me with the practical work experience that is very difficult for rising juniors to achieve.  This experience will aid me in my pursuit of a post junior year internship, which will, in turn, aid me in finding a job after graduation.  It is my hope that my experiences with the Kemper program will also help me decide on my future plans.

Extracurricular Involvement:

Co-president of the Quiz Bowl team, Officer of the German Club, and ACT/SAT and after-school tutor

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