MACON — Mercer University will be joining 24 institutions across the country as a participant in the prestigious Stamps Scholars Program, funded by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Inc.

Five entering Mercer freshmen this fall will be designated as Stamps Scholars. The scholarship covers the full cost of attendance, including tuition, fees, room, board, and books. In addition, Stamps Scholars will each receive a $16,000 stipend over four years for enrichment activities, such as study abroad or undergraduate research. When the program is fully implemented, 10 members of each Mercer freshman class will be designated as Stamps Scholars.

“Mercer has a well-established reputation for attracting some of the most capable and talented students in the country,” said Mercer President William D. Underwood. “The Stamps Scholars Program will allow us to provide further incentives to encourage the brightest students to enroll at the University. I am very grateful to Roe and Penny Stamps and the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation for bringing Mercer into this outstanding program.”

More than 200 students are enrolled as Stamps Scholars at institutions such as the University of Chicago, University of Michigan, California Institute of Technology, UCLA, Purdue, the University of Miami, Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.

“We welcome Mercer University to the Stamps Scholars Program, given its proud tradition, emphasis on learning, discovery, and service, and investment in undergraduate education. We look forward to future Bears becoming Stamps Scholars this fall,” said E. Roe Stamps IV, who was raised in Macon and is a graduate of Stratford Academy. Stamps, along with his wife, Penelope, established the foundation in part to help exceptional students realize their dream of achieving a college education.

Among the 64 alumni of the Stamps Scholars Program are a Rhodes Scholar; graduate students at Emory, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Kansas, the Manhattan School of Music, Michigan, MIT, Oxford, UC-Berkeley and Vanderbilt; and employees at several top consulting firms, BP, Deutsche Bank, GE, Teach For America and the Department of Homeland Security.


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