UM’s new Stamp Scholars began the 2014 academic year by meeting New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, center, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who delivered the New Student Convocation address.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 26, 2014) – With the University of Miami’s fall semester under way, 41 top students from across the nation are studying on campus as both new and returning Stamps Scholars.
The Stamps Scholarships, which provide tuition plus extensive enrichment opportunities to outstanding academic achievers and talented students, are funded by the generosity of Penny and E. Roe Stamps through the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation and the University of Miami.
The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation partners with visionary colleges and universities to award multi-year scholarships to select students from a wide array of disciplines. The Stamps Scholarships are UM’s most generous scholarly awards.
Penny and E. Roe Stamps are campaign vice chairs for Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami. Roe Stamps is a member of UM’s Board of Trustees and the Visiting Committee at the Frost School of Music.
“The University is very grateful to the Stamps family,” said UM Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc. “Stamps Scholarships enable the University to attract exceptional students and provide support for them to realize their ambitions and to develop their skills. These inspiring students will be our future leaders.”
Said Roe Stamps, “Penny and I are excited to support a record number of Stamps Scholars at the University of Miami this fall. The University’s support of these ambitious, talented students through outstanding advising and educational programs enhances their opportunities and ensures a brighter future for us all.”
Seventeen of the 41 students represent various disciplines as Stamps Leadership Scholars. This elite academic award provides driven and talented scholars opportunities for professional and leadership development in the fields of research, policy, technology, business, industry, government, health care, and education. Stamps Leadership Scholars are eligible to receive funding for study abroad, undergraduate research, internships, conferences, and leadership development opportunities.
Twenty-three scholars will participate in the program as Stamps Music Scholars at the Frost School of Music. Nineteen of them will perform in four different Stamps Distinguished Ensembles throughout their undergraduate years. The Stamps Distinguished Ensembles include the Stamps String Quartet, Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Stamps Brass Quintet, and Stamps Jazz Quintet.
One student is awarded the honor of serving as the E. Roe Stamps Baseball Pitcher. The recognition goes to UM baseball player Andrew Suarez this academic year.
This year’s incoming Stamps Leadership Scholars are Earl Generato, Pembroke Pines, Fla., biomedical engineering; Aditya Shah, Germantown, Tenn., health sector management and policy, biology; Gururaj Shriram, Miramar, Fla., computer science; Sabrina Xiao, River Edge, N.J., biochemistry, political science; Kristiana Yao, Naperville, Ill., public health.
The incoming Stamps Music Scholars are instrumental performance majors and will comprise the Stamps String Quartet: Jacques Gadway, violin, Homestead, Fla.; Tommy Johnson, violin, Florissant, Mo.; Stephen Huber Weber, viola, Geneva, Fla.; Sarah Huesman, cello, Winston-Salem, N.C.
“Through the generous support of the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, I was able to attend the University of Miami,” said Stamps Scholar Aaron Kruger. “This investment in my potential will allow me to attend medical school and eventually work at a hospital as a medical researcher, teacher, and clinician.”
Beginning in 2006 at their alma maters, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Penny and E. 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 at Barry University, Caltech, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and UCLA. Since then, the list has grown to 41 academic institutions including the University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame, University of Virginia, Wake Forest University, and Washington University in St. Louis.