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." 

We Believe in:
Motivated and academically talented students
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Impactful, meaningful and purpose-focused student leadership programs
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Academic partners who believe student leaders will become world leaders  
Our Schmitt Scholars are:
Academically driven
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Passionate and purposeful
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Critical thinkers
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Curious questioners
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Inspirational and imaginative
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Bold dreamers, active doers
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Team builders
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Making a difference  
"The Mindset I've always had is living by choice and not by chance...
It isn't about being seen as a leader but instead being defined as one."  Schmitt Scholar, 2015