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Each year, the University of Miami selects exceptional and academically accomplished high school students to become Stamps Leadership Scholars and receive the Stamps Leadership Scholarship—the University's most selective and prestigious academic scholarship award.

University of Miami Stamps Leadership Scholars receive the full cost of attendance for four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate study at UM, which includes the following:
  full tuition and fees
standard room and board
a one-time allowance for the purchase of a computer
access to a $12,000 enrichment fund which may be used toward study abroad, undergraduate research,       unpaid internships, conferences, leadership development, and other educational purposes mutually agreed    upon by the University of Miami and Stamps Family Charitable Foundation*
attendance at the bi-annual Stamps Scholars National Convention and access to a growing network of    Stamps Scholars at 40 universities nationwide
Stamps Leadership Scholars Orientation at the start of the academic year
Stamps Leadership Scholars educational and leadership programs and opportunities during the academic    year

*Enrichment fund expenses are subject to prior approval by the Office of the Provost.

How to Apply

Prospective scholars must apply as freshman applicants to the University of Miami under either the early decision or early action option (by November 1). There is no separate application required to be considered for the Stamps Scholarship - early decision and early action applicants are automatically considered when they apply for early admission to UM.

Selection Process
Selected candidates for the Stamps Scholarship are invited to participate in the Stamps Scholarship Weekend at the University of Miami. During this weekend program, candidates will meet with University of Miami faculty and current scholars. Scholarship candidates and their families learn about the unique educational and leadership opportunities available to the best and brightest students at the University of Miami. They also learn about the University of Miami's interest-driven education, meet both current and other prospective student scholars, and attend a special scholarship dinner. After the weekend, a selection committee identifies finalists whom they recommend to receive the Stamps Scholarship based on the students' overall achievement and performance during the weekend. Finalists participate in an additional interview with Mr. Roe Stamps, and the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation determines which finalists receive the scholarship.

Requirements for Scholarship Renewal
A Stamps Scholar must complete a full-time program of study with no fewer than 12 credit hours during each of the fall and spring semesters for a minimum of 24 credit hours per academic year. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained at the University of Miami, with the initial calculation at the end of the second semester of attendance.

Stamps Leadership Scholars Class of 2015

Aaron Kruger
Overland Park, Kansas
College of Arts & Sciences
Biology, Chemistry
Caroline Levens
Chesterfield, Missouri
School of Communication
Public Relations
Sophia Liu
Pensacola, Florida
College of Arts & Sciences
Ian Zheng
Alpharetta, Georgia
College of Arts & Sciences
Microbiology & Immunology,    Psychology

Stamps Leadership Scholars Class of 2016

Lissa Mandell
Deer Park, Illinois
College of Arts & Sciences
Computer Science,    Psychology
Jacob Yomtoob
Lake Forest, Illinois
College of Arts & Sciences
Biochemistry,    Neuroscience

Stamps Leadership Scholars Class of 2017

Brandon Butera
Slidell, Louisiana
College of Arts & Sciences
Mathematics, Economics
Jennifer Ferrante
Long Beach, New York
College of Arts & Sciences
Neuroscience, English
Taylor Hughes
Naperville, Illinois
College of Arts & Sciences
Biology, Public Health
Nishani Karunamuni
Fort Myers, Florida
College of Arts & Sciences
Neuroscience, Philosophy

Joshua Myers
Clarksburg, Maryland
College of Arts & Sciences
Philosophy, Psychology
Riva Trivedi
Naperville, Illinois
School of Business
Health Sector Management & Policy, Legal Studies

Stamps Leadership Scholars Class of 2018

Earl Generato
Pembroke Pines, Florida
College of Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Aditya Shah
Germantown, Tennessee
School of Business
Health Sector Management
    & Policy, Biology
Gururaj Shriram
Miramar, Florida
College of Arts & Sciences
Computer Science
Sabrina Xiao
River Edge, New Jersey
College of Arts & Sciences
Biochemistry, Political    Science

Kristiana Yao
Naperville, Illinois
School of Nursing
  and Health Studies
Public Health

Stamps Leadership Scholars Photo Album

UM welcomes Stamps Leadership Scholars at Orientation (August 2014).

Stamps Scholars (Class of 2018) with UM President Donna Shalala and award-winning journalist Thomas Friedman at UM’s New Student Convocation (August 2014).

Stamps Leadership Scholars participate in a Citizen Science research trip with the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program (April 2014).

Stamps Leadership Scholars gather vital data for ongoing shark research in Biscayne Bay with the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program (April 2014).

Stamps Scholars attend the World Premiere of Miami Grands, a 10-piano concert, at Barry University (April 2014).

Stamps Scholars with Mr. and Mrs. E. Roe Stamps at the University of Miami Scholarship Donor Recognition Luncheon (February 2014).

Stamps Leadership Scholars attend the Stamps Concert at the Frost School of Music (February 2014).

Beginning in 2006 at their alma maters, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Georgia Tech, Penny and Roe Stamps created merit scholarship programs for undergraduates. The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation expanded its reach with similar programs at the University of Miami in 2009, and in 2010 to Barry University, Caltech, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and UCLA. Since then, the list of schools has more than doubled to include University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame, University of Virginia, Wake Forest University, and Washington University in St. Louis to name a few.

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