Mercer University is a selected partner institution of the prestigious Stamps Scholars Program, funded by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, Inc. Each year, Mercer selects five members from the first-year class as the University’s incoming Stamps Scholars. These students are among the highest achieving applicants in the University’s entering class.

The Stamps Scholars Program emphasizes the students’ initiative, from engaging in philanthropic efforts worldwide to conducting research and demonstrating a passion for improving local communities. Mercer's Stamps Scholars embody both academic achievement and effective leadership.


  • Full Tuition and Fees
  • Room and Board
  • Apple iPad
  • Up to $16,000 Enrichment Stipend over four years (to support Study Abroad, Undergraduate Research, Unpaid Internships, Conference Fees and Travel, etc.)


  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
  • Submission of application for admission and all supporting documents by November 1
  • Demonstration of leadership, perseverance, scholarship, service to humankind, and innovation


Eligible accepted students are invited to Mercer University’s Macon campus for the Presidential Scholarship Competition, December 2-3, 2016. Students must interview in-person at this event to be considered for the Stamps Scholars Program. A select number of candidates will move forward to interview with the Mercer University Stamps Committee in January. Students selected by the Committee will interview with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, Inc. Mercer University will notify the five scholarship recipients of their selection as Stamps Scholars.


Stephen Karafa
Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment & Stamps Scholars Program Coordinator

Phone: 478.301.2373
Fax: 478.301.2828

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Mercer University
Office of University Admissions
1501 Mercer University Drive
Macon, GA 31207

Stamps Scholars Highlights


Brady is a junior Industrial Management major from Canton, Georgia. Brady is involved with Reformed University Fellowship as a member of the Ministry Team and Executive Team, with Mercer Maniacs as a member of the executive board, and with the Office of University Admissions as a member of the Student Admissions Team.

This summer, Brady and other Service Scholars will travel to India with Mercer on Mission to work with Chilla, a home for children of sex workers, HIV orphans and children in conflict with law. Engineering students will design a tank to provide to fish farmers to help their production and yield. College of Liberal Arts students will teach English and design a curriculum for school lessons on LGBT rights.

“So far, the Stamps Program has been, without a doubt, door-opening and enlightening.”


Sydney comes to Mercer from Richmond Hill, Georgia, and is studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She has become involved on campus with Catholic Campus Ministries as a member of the Leadership Team, helped to create Bearitones, Mercer’s first co-ed a cappella group, and the Director of Incentives for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions Telecounseling Team.

“The Stamps Foundation at Mercer has provided me with extra motivation to achieve the most I can in these four short years by supporting me in all the potential research and study abroad adventures I wish to partake in.”


Oge is a sophomore who comes to Mercer from Antioch, Tennessee, and is studying Neuroscience on the Pre-Medicine track. Oge was attracted to Mercer because of the “great teachers who hope to see the best in their students and enthusiastic students who are willing to help each other out and support one another through thick and thin.”

Oge is secretary of the Biological Honor Society and active with the Macon Volunteer Clinic. Before beginning at Mercer, Oge embarked on an Outward Bound trip in Maine with fellow Stamps Scholars from across the country.

“I enjoy being involved in the Stamps community and meeting other students my age who are just as ambitious and have great aspirations for the future.”


Kaydren is a junior from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, majoring in Chemistry and Biology. Kaydren is the recipient of the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, for her research on finding a cleaner way to remediate oil spills. She is president of both Mercer’s Spanish Club and Women in Math and Science Club.

Kaydren sepnt summer 2015 completing an internship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in conjunction with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Charleston base.

“Stamps has given me so many opportunities I would not have otherwise, and I feel like I have barely scratched the surface of my potential.”


Utkarsh is a senior double majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Latin. Utkarsh hails from Suwanne, Georgia, and came to Mercer because of the intimate school setting as well as the benefits of the Guaranteed Admission Program with the School of Medicine.

This past spring, Utkarsh has used his enrichment funds to travel to Dubai for an alternative spring break trip. “Dubai, in short, was phenomenal. This discrepancy between wealth and intention makes for an interesting dynamic in the minds of the people in this region of the world, something that I had the pleasure of experiencing. Visiting Dubai, for this reason, is in line with my goal of being a global thinker.” After graduation Utkarsh plans to attend medical school and possibly work toward his Ph.D. as well.

“The Stamps Program has been phenomenal and without a doubt unforgettable.”


Aaron hails from Acworth, Georgia, majoring in International Business, Social Entrepreneurship, and German. Aaron spent spring semester 2015 studying abroad in Kalmar, Sweden. While abroad, Aaron created and presented a comprehensive business plan for a peer to peer micro-lending platform to the Scandinavian Model of Innovative Development.

"These past four months in Europe have been an incredibly eye opening journey. Being so removed from my traditional realm of experience has expanded my definition of what is possible – I now look at new situations as opportunities to learn rather than risks, and I’ve come to learn that the world is not as large as we grow up thinking. Most of my time has been spent studying in Sweden, but when traveling, each city I visited offered a new perspective on what it means to be alive in the twenty first century – as a student of urban design I particularly enjoyed the variety of infrastructure and programs evident in different countries."


Dr. Davis came to Mercer in 2008 as an Associate Professor of English and Southern Studies and now serves as the Director for Scholarships and Fellowships. Beginning in the Fall 2014 semester, Dr. Davis also serves as the Stamps Academic Coordinator.

"Mercer students are among the best students in the world, and they deserve to find a world of opportunity."


The vision of the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, Inc. is to partner with visionary colleges and universities to award multi-year scholarships that enable extraordinary educational experiences. Since 2006, Penny and Roe Stamps have created partnerships with some of the nation’s finest higher education institutions to support and encourage hard-working, talented students and to ensure that these students have unparalleled opportunities through scholarships and fellowships. This fall, more than 500 Stamps Scholars will be enrolled at forty-one colleges and universities.

Through the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, Inc., the Stamps Scholarship typically provides four years of generous support along with additional funding for enrichment experiences such as study abroad, academic research, and leadership training. The awards are made on the basis of leadership, scholarship, perseverance, creativity, and service. More information is available at

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