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Stamps Scholarship Awards Students Who Make Global and Local Impact

September 25, 2019
Hillary Hempstead
Stamps Scholarship recipients stand together.
Stamps Scholars at Oberlin are selected through a rigorous process conducted by both the college and the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation. Photo credit: Dale Preston '87

Stamps Scholars attended a reception held Monday, September 23, with President Carmen Twillie Ambar. Randy McDow, Stamps Family Charitable Foundation executive director, presented at the event.

This year, three students from the Class of 2023 were honored with scholarships from the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation (SFCF) and Oberlin College. Recipients Hannah Humphrey, Caroline Morehouse, and Corbin Katner joined a group of 12 other Oberlin Stamps Scholars.

Founded by E. Roe and Penny Stamps, the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation was created to recognize and reward exceptional students who exemplify leadership, perseverance, scholarship, service, and innovation. Stamps Scholars at Oberlin are selected through a rigorous process conducted by both the college and the SFCF. Each year, up to five incoming students are awarded $10,000 annually for a total award of $40,000 for eight semesters. In addition, a $5,000 enrichment fund may be used at any time to assist with costs of internships, research, educationally related travel, stipends, and other projects.

Sarah Dalgleish '21 says the Stamps Scholarship is key to what makes attending Oberlin possible. It has also helped connect her to a variety of communities, both locally and nationally.

“Being a Stamps Scholar has connected me to a great community of people, both on campus as well as at other Stamps schools,” says Dalgleish. “The program has also allowed me to volunteer at community organizations in Oberlin. After working at Oberlin Community Services (OCS), I completed a winter term fellowship with OCS that inspired my passion for food justice.”

Oberlin’s partnership with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation began in the 2013-14 academic year. The scholarship represents an opportunity to attract and retain exceptionally talented students, and it complements the college's commitment to meeting 100 percent of admitted students’ demonstrated need for financial assistance. Stamps Scholarships are funded equally by the Stamps Family Foundation and Oberlin College.

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