The Irène Kraemer “Starting Over” Scholarship is named in honor of Irène Kraemer who was both a professor and administrator at Carthage College for over 30 years. As an adult student herself, Irène possessed the courage and spirit that so many adult women students have. As Dean of the Adult Education Department, she was famous for moving mountains to make sure all adult students got a fighting chance at an education, but she always had a special place in her heart for the women.
With Irène Kraemer all things were possible and the word “no” was never a part of her vocabulary. She had a clear vision of what was necessary to support adult students returning to college, and with that innovative vision implemented many new programs for adult education. This scholarship honors Irène Kraemer’s memory and gives financial assistance to an adult female student who exemplifies her spirit.
The Irène Kraemer “Starting Over” Scholarship is given to a current degree-seeking, female adult learner of sophomore or junior standing in the 7-week or part-time semester program who has returned to college to begin a new path in her life. The student should show evidence of a life change requiring her to return to college, a strong desire or need to complete her college degree, a talent or aptitude to complete such a degree, and a passion and appreciation for learning.
Applications are not currently being accepted for the Irène Kraemer “Starting Over” Scholarship. Please check back in January 2019.