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In 2006, Penny and Roe Stamps created merit scholarship programs for undergraduates at their alma maters, The University of Michigan and Georgia Tech. Since then, the Stamps Scholars community has grown into a national network of visionary colleges and universities. Virginia Tech has partnered with the Stamps Foundation to award multi-year scholarships that help driven and talented student leaders achieve their education and life goals.

Stamps Scholars pursue their educational interests while developing their leadership skills with merit-based financial aid, including enrichment funds, that can be used for study abroad, cultural exchanges, research projects, and other educational experiences. Stamps Scholars also join a community of more than 1370 current and graduate Scholars around the world with whom they network and share their experiences.

Virginia Tech Stamps Scholars receive funding for four years for estimated cost of attendance which includes tuition, fees, room, and board. Because these students are among the strongest in the university community, we expect great things from them. Each scholar will receive a generous enrichment fund for experiential learning opportunities, which could include undergraduate research, internships, study abroad, academic and co-curricular conferences, or a combination of opportunities. One fully-funded enrichment option is the Presidential Global Scholars program, an interdisciplinary study abroad program based in Switzerland for some of the university’s most outstanding undergraduates.

Stamps Scholars will live in student-led Honors communities with other high-achieving peers pursuing similarly rigorous courses of study, service, and personal development. All Honors residents enjoy increased individual contact with faculty and participate in enriching co-curricular functions such as dinners with award-winning faculty and guests.

Freshmen applicants to Virginia Tech who have indicated an interest in the Honors College on their undergraduate application may apply for the Stamps Scholarship. Applicants will need to complete the Stamps Scholarship application on VT’s Scholarship Central by the posted deadline each year. The Honors College will contact selected candidates for a virtual interview with the faculty scholarship committee. Finalists will have another virtual interview with a representative from the Stamps Foundation.

Meet our 2020 Stamps Scholars

Zachary Abdo

Zachary Abdo is from Sterling, Virginia. He is looking to pursue a degree in biology on the pre-med track. Additionally, Zachary is hoping to expand his knowledge into other areas, such as engineering and computer science, as well as connect with students from all around the world. In his free time, Zachary trains in Muay Thai, a martial art similar to kick-boxing. Zachary also enjoys building and creating a variety of things. In the past, he has made electric skateboards and 3D printers.

Garrett Asper

Garrett Asper is from Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. Garrett intends to study aerospace engineering while also exploring computer science and Spanish. He aspires to innovate the merger of aerospace engineering technology and computer science, specifically in artificial intelligence, to eventually create fully autonomous drones. Additionally, Garrett is excited to be mentored by the faculty within the Honors College and the College of Engineering to foster his skills as well as to contribute to team efforts. Garrett conducts and leads an ongoing service effort in the Dominican Republic to expose students living in rural poverty to hands-on, project-based STEM learning. This effort takes shape both on the ground on annual service trips and digitally through videos on his YouTube channel and websites that he maintains. Garrett looks forward to merging his skill set with the skills of other innovative Hokies during his time at Tech.

Mia Hagood

Mia Hagood attends Stone Bridge High School and the Academy of Engineering and Technology in Ashburn, Virginia. She plans to pursue a degree in computer science while also learning about machine learning, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity. Mia looks forward to joining the Stamps Scholars and Honors College communities at Virginia Tech, studying abroad, and performing original research. She wants to apply machine learning and artificial intelligence to help overcome cybersecurity challenges. Mia is also excited to meet new people with diverse backgrounds and engage with others in the Hokie community. For over 10 years, Mia has been a Girl Scout and served as a voting member of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital Area Board of Directors. Mia would like to stay involved with the Girl Scout community while in college by supporting a local troop in Blacksburg and encourage younger girls to consider pursuing a career in the STEM field. Mia also works in the Explainers Program at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Annex, the Udvar-Hazy Center. She provides demonstrations and answers questions for visitors about the history of aviation, spaceflight, and aeronautics. 

Cameron Hogge

Cameron Hogge lives in Midlothian, Virginia, and is graduating from Midlothian High School. He plans on majoring in aerospace engineering at Virginia Tech and participating in Air Force ROTC. Cameron hopes to grow into a strong leader through the ROTC program while also giving back to his community. Cameron has been a gymnast for 11 years, has five brothers, and enjoys the outdoors. His favorite activities include fishing, climbing, and socializing with friends. 

Olivia Kastor

Olivia Kastor is from Statesville, North Carolina. She will be graduating from South Iredell High School in May as a member of the International Baccalaureate Programme. Olivia is an avid lover of all things related to art and design. She is excited to attend Virginia Tech and pursue a degree in architecture as a member of the Honors College. Additionally, Olivia is interested in minoring in Spanish and landscape architecture to learn more about the environments surrounding buildings. She looks forward to interacting with the VT College of Architecture and Urban Studies faculty as well as faculty at the Honors College. Olivia hopes to gain inspiration and improve her critical thinking skills by interacting with both faculty and her fellow design peers. To give back to the community, network, and improve her understanding of architecture, Olivia hopes to become involved in a variety of clubs and organizations. She is also excited to explore study abroad opportunities because she loves to explore and learn about foreign cultures.

Trevor Niles

Trevor Niles has spent his entire life in Stafford, Virginia. Trevor intends to major in geosciences and minor in biology, in preparation for his dream career in paleontology. He hopes to work closely with paleontology professors and eventually publish his own scientific paper. Trevor was captain of his school’s Scholastic Bowl team and says nobody can beat him in trivia. He is beyond excited to live and to learn at Virginia Tech as a Stamps Scholar.

Teresa Thomas

Teresa Thomas is from Clarksburg, Maryland. She is planning to major in computer science, but is also interested in economics and math. Teresa hopes to explore studying abroad opportunities and to be involved in research related to cybersecurity and/or artificial intelligence. She enjoys digital art and is currently working with a friend to produce a comic.

Waverly VanGundy

Waverly VanGundy is from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is honored to be a Stamps Scholar at Virginia Tech and will be majoring in biological sciences this upcoming fall. Veterinary medicine is a passion of Waverly’s and a career she wants to explore in the future. Waverly plans on being involved in extracurricular activities and immersing herself in enrichment programs that will enable her to grow as an individual. She looks forward to forging new friendships and building lifelong connections with peers. In her free time, Waverly loves to go on outdoor adventures with her family in the mountains. Every year, her family takes a trip to West Virginia for hiking and whitewater rafting. Waverly additionally enjoys singing and often creates her own covers of current pop hits. She is excited to be a Hokie and to experience all that Tech has to offer.

Rachael Wennermark

Rachael Wennermark is from Ashburn, Virginia, where she lives with her parents and English Springer Spaniel. She has a wide variety of interests, including classical music (especially with the violin), hiking, faith, soccer, and baking. However, Rachael is most passionate about literature and writing. She plans to major in English and hopes to eventually publish her own books and/or research. Rachael says she writes to inspire and would like to create positive literature for middle grade students. While at Tech, she hopes to make a lot of friends, learn about a variety of subjects, and study abroad in Europe. Rachael could not be more excited to join the growing family of Stamps Scholars and hopes the program will serve as a springboard to help her have a positive impact on the world.

Stamps Highlights:

VT Honors College welcomes its largest class of Stamps Scholars yet: Ten incoming Virginia Tech students are awarded 2020 Stamps Scholarships June 22, 2020 | Learn More

Three incoming Virginia Tech students awarded 2016 Stamps Scholarships June 22, 2016  |  Learn More

Stamps Leadership Scholarship helps top students pursue learning inside and outside classroom November 4, 2015  |  Learn More

VIRGINIA TECH STAMPS SCHOLARS:

2018
Andrew Perry, General Engineering
Ashley Barlow, Business

2017
Abina Baral, Clinical Neuroscience & Psychology
James Burke, Material Science Engineering
Justin Chacko, Mechanical Engineering
Natasha Doshi, Clinical Neuroscience and Biology
Sengal Ghidewon-Abay, Electrical Engineering

2016
Casey Jung, Mechanical Engineering; Member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets
Grant McMillan,  Biological Systems Engineering
Dana Mulligan, Crop & Soil Science

2015
Grant Briers, Finance
Anna Broshkevitch, Biochemistry & Microbiology
Aimee Maurais, Mathematics, Physics & CMDA
Jake Norton, Industrial Systems Engineering
Rebecah Storms, Mathematics & Music Performance

2014
Galina Belolipetski, Computer Science & Music Composition
Jessica King, Communications & International Studies
Wolfe Glick, CMDA & Economics
Moira Miller, Physics & Spanish