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Willamette Student Named Kemper Scholar

Ben Bryant '09 grew up with an interest in public service and government. He couldn't really avoid it, with a father who worked for 17 years as the city manager of Albany, Ore. Now, Bryant hopes to follow in his father's footsteps by finding a career in public administration.

"I really liked what I saw of his job, and I'm proud of what he did," he says. "I want to do something that combines leadership with public service."

A national scholarship Bryant received this spring should help him reach that goal. Bryant is one of 15 students to be named a Kemper Scholar by the James S. Kemper Foundation. The award comes with a $3,000-$8,000 yearly scholarship and includes two summer internships after Bryant's sophomore and junior years.

Willamette is one of 15 small private liberal arts colleges that partner with the Kemper Foundation for the scholar program. One person from each college is selected as a scholar each year.

Bryant, a freshman, was chosen based on his strong academic record, his record of service and leadership and his interest in a career in business or administration. He plays on Willamette's golf team and is on the University's Student Athlete Advisory Committee, which acts as a liaison between the athletes and staff.

He will spend the summer after his sophomore year in Chicago doing an internship relating to his career interest of public administration. The following summer, he will have another internship in any location he chooses.