Kemp earns President’s Scholarship

By on May 17, 2014
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Will attend Indiana State University this fall
ELBURN—You could say Brittany Kemp’s most recent accomplishment was a slam dunk of an achievement.

Kemp, an Elburn resident who is a Kaneland High School senior and a basketball and track athlete, will attend Indiana State University (ISU) this coming fall. And she recently earned the title of a President’s Scholar upon receiving the President’s Scholarship.

That means Kemp will get free tuition and premium housing at an honors dorm at ISU, from freshman to senior year.

Kemp is one out of 20 students in the country selected to be an ISU President’s Scholar.

“It really hasn’t sunk in,” Kemp said. “I’m just really excited.”

Andy Franklin, counselor at Kaneland High School, said that Kemp is “well deserving” of the President’s Scholarship.

“She’s one of those really focused students who definitely knows what she wants, and will go the extra mile to accomplish her goals,” he said.

Kemp plans on studying pre med at ISU and has hopes to work in the pediatric or forensic psychiatrist field.

Kemp has made many accomplishments during her high school career. She has a 3.98 grade point average and has been in the National Honor Society her junior and senior years.

“It makes me happy to succeed in school,” she said.

Kemp has been a Knights of Distinction member, played on Kaneland’s basketball team and is the co-captain of the track team. She’s also participated in DECA and student council, and mentored freshmen in Peer Leadership.

The list doesn’t end there, as Kemp has done community service for Toys for Tots, Marklund Foundation and Kaneland Silver Stars.

Motivation clearly isn’t an issue for her.

“I am motivated by my parents,” Kemp said. “I just like making them proud of me.”

Although Kemp has played sports most of her life, she said that she is not going to play sports in college.

She anticipates that college will be “more difficult than high school,” and her goal is to maintain a high GPA so that she can keep her scholarship, which will also allow her to study in Germany.

“I really want to push myself,” she said.

Meanwhile, it seems that Kemp’s mom, Wendy, is one of her biggest cheerleaders.

“She is just so kind and good-hearted,” Wendy said. “That’s to me what stands out.”

Kemp’s father, Daryl, is just as big a fan of Brittany.

“We’re very proud of her,” Wendy said. “And we love her. And she has succeeded just everything we could ever imagine.”