Washington and Lee University


Edward Stroud – Kemper Scholar

Name: Edward Stroud

Class Year: 2017

Hometown: Shreveport, LA

Major(s): Business Administration and Global Politics

Minors or Contentrations: Poverty and Human Capability Studies

Opportunity and Year: Kemper Scholar Program, 2014-15

Project Summary:

The Kemper Scholars Program focuses on the importance of a liberal arts education complemented with real-world experience to prepare students for leadership, service and success. The Kemper Foundation coordinates an internship with a non-profit organization in Chicago for the summer of sophomore year. Summer project stipends are also provided for an internship for a for-profit organization for summer of junior year. In addition, Kemper Scholars receive financial assistance for three years of college.

How did W&L prepare you for this opportunity?

Current Kemper Scholars and the Career Development Center were invaluable for helping me to prepare for the interviews and what to expect. 

Why did you apply for this opportunity?

I applied because of the benefits the Kemper Scholars Program will provide for me. It will provide me with the experiences and opportunities I need to develop both as an individual and as a leader

Post-graduation Plans: I plan to pursue something related to international business, although I am unclear as of right now. (Still exploring possibilities!

How will this opportunity help you achieve your goals?

The Kemper Scholars Program will allow me to explore different career interests so that I can figure out what piques mine and pursue it further. It will also provide me a network of individuals and mentors who will be able to help me achieve my goals.

Extracurricular Involvement:

Engineers Without Borders; Community Financial Freedom; Outing Club; Bonner Scholar; LEAD Team; Habitat for Humanity; Beta Theta Pi Fraternity

Off-campus Experience:

NOLS Outdoor Educator Course, Summer 2013; Engineers Without Borders Service Trip to Bolivia, Summer 2014;                     Pre-Orientation Appalachian Adventure Trip Leader, Summer 2014.  I am also an Eagle Scout.

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