About our Founder,

Arthur J. Schmitt

GRADUATE PROGRAMS:

Graduate school Schmitt Scholars excel in many different acadmic disciplines. Their commonality is their desire to have their high level academic research make a deep and meaningful difference in their field and the world.

COLLEGE PROGRAMS:

Undergraduate Schmitt Scholars are accomplished students who take on leadership projects to both learn and do. Examples include creating new playgrounds, holding fundraising events, launching educational seminars, to name only a few.     

HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS:

High School Schmitt Scholars earn scholarships to private Chicago schools, participate in intensive tutoring, college readiness, and leadership/team building to nurture each Scholar's sense of self and identity and one's connection to community. 

Believing that skilled, educated and compassionate leaders will build a better future for all,The Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation supports leadership development programs for selected high school, college and graduate students in the Chicago-land area. Through collaborative partnerships with these grantees, Schmitt Scholars are challenged to embrace the philosophy of our founder,

"figure out out a place for yourself in the world, and then do something about it." 

Schmitt Scholars are:

  • Academic achievers
  • Active listeners
  • Curious questioners
  • Inspiration & aspirational
  • Initiators
  • Bold thinkers & active doers

Schmitt Foundation supports:

  • Student Leadership programming
  • Tuition scholarships for students with need & ambition
  • Student Leadership projects
  • Leadership assessments

"The Mindset I've always had is living by choice and not by chance...Sometimes it isn't about being seen as a leader but instead being defined as one."  Schmitt Scholar, 2015