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 October 15
  • 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 Weekend, November 30-December 1, 2018. 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 P. Karafa
Director of Undergraduate Admissions & Stamps Scholars Program Coordinator

Phone: 478.301.2373

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

Stamps Scholars Highlights

Columbus, GA

Sarah Grace is an early childhood education major and a member of fraternity and sorority programs and the Student Admissions Team. In addition to student teaching, she has volunteered with “Go Baby Go,” a collaborative effort that provides drivable toy cars for children with disabilities, and she plans to conduct research to promote the importance of reading to children from birth. She also studied abroad at the University of Nottingham during spring 2017.

“I value education and believe it to be one of the few ways to make a lasting change for the future.”

Sammamish, WA

Evan is a violin performance major and member of the McDuffie Center for Strings. In summer 2018, he attended the Rome Chamber Music Festival, where he performed four concerts, including a private event at the official residence of the American ambassador, and Classical Tahoe, where he was a member of the Young Artist Quartet in Residency.

“I hope to never limit myself to a single creative output. I believe that the purpose of art is to share deeply rooted emotional states that are the closest thing to objective truths in our society.”

Huntsville, AL

Parker is mechanical engineer who serves as a Peer Advisor, a member of the Mercer Prosthetics and Orthotics Club, and the Director of First Years on the Office of University Admissions Student Leadership Team. During the 2017-2018 academic year, he worked on a research project to develop a low-cost fixed-wing drone and competed in a business pitch competition, where he and his team created a business plan for their company, AgAir.

“I want to pursue a career that will enable me to fight passionately against poverty.”

Brooklet, GA

Joseph is a neuroscience major and Mercer Service Scholar. While a freshman, he served his fellow students as Freshman Class President on the Student Government Association. He also collected roughly 300 surveys from his fellow students to conduct research around mental health literacy.

“I hope to reexamine the current conceptualization of mental disorders and the ethics of psychiatry through writing and publishing philosophical tracts.”

Chattanooga, TN

Shailey is a biochemistry and molecular biology major who conducted research as a freshman about the nature and structure of biosynthetic antibiotics. She’s had several photographs published in The Dulcimer, Mercer’s literary arts magazine, and she helped plan Real Talk: Student Edition. In 2018, she used her enrichment funds for a study abroad experience in Cuba.

“I see the Stamps Scholars experience changing my life every day, and I know it does the same for every other scholar.”

Oviedo, FL

Elizabeth is a creative writing and journalism double major. In spring 2018, she spent a semester at Oxford University, where she studied history, English literature, and creative writing. Her writing has been published in The Dulcimer, Mercer’s literary arts magazine; The Cluster, Mercer’s student newspaper; and The Telegraph, Macon’s local newspaper.

"My debut novel, Outrun the Wind, received an offer for publication. It will be published on November 27 by Flux Books."


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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