Stamps Scholars Program

The Dartmouth Stamps Scholars Program was established in 2014 in partnership with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation to recognize and reward exceptional students who exemplify leadership, perseverance, scholarship, service, and innovation. Dartmouth Stamps Scholars are part of a national network of Stamps Scholars located in 40 elite universities across the country.

About the Program

The Stamps Scholars Program allows the most promising students an opportunity to design an experiential learning plan to build on or respond to what they've learned in their first and second years at Dartmouth. Stamps Scholars have access to an enrichment fund of up to $10,000 per year, per student to engage in experiential learning opportunities that can be spread over multiple terms, during on and off terms. Examples of ways the funds can be used include pursuing: an entrepreneurial idea, a research project either on or off campus, leadership training, an internship, service learning, or other purposes at the discretion of the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation and Dartmouth College. For more information about the foundation, visit http://StampsFoundation.org.

Stamps Scholars complete their projects in conjunction with or in addition to their regular coursework and major requirements. Students interested in an academic program which is an alternative to a traditional major might consider applying for a Senior Fellowship. Note that these experiences are not mutually exclusive; students are eligible to participate in the Stamps Scholar Program in addition to the Senior Fellowship simultaneously.

About the Scholars

The Dartmouth Stamps Scholars Program recognizes and rewards exceptional students who exemplify leadership, perseverance, scholarship, service, and innovation. Since it began in 2014, the program has awarded scholarships to 32 students from 26 academic disciplines. With projects that range from searching for ancient Mexican canals to documenting the life of a prominent philanthropist from the 1900s, Stamps Scholars develop their own experiential learning pursuits that expand on what they are learning in the classroom. Read more about the scholars and their projects, and meet some recent Stamps Scholars here!

Application & Selection Process

The Stamps Scholars Program application process begins at the start of the winter term and closes in mid-February each year. To be considered for the Stamps Scholars Program, applicants must submit a digital application form including a resume and transcript, and receive a completed mentor confirmation statement from a Dartmouth faculy or staff member. In order to be considered, the completed application must be received by the deadline, which is announced in early January each year.

The Dartmouth Stamps Scholars Program application review committee reviews all applications and selects candidates to advance to the interview phase. Interviews last approximately 30 minutes. During the interview, candidates are asked to discuss their overall interests and specific goals for pursuing an experiential learning plan, including a detailed description of proposed activities and what the candidate hopes to learn through the experiences. The review committee will nominate up to ten students to become Stamps Scholars, and the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation will conduct final interviews and confirm selection decisions.

The Stamps program application is subject to change each year, but you may view a sample application here. (downloads PDF) to get an idea of what is typically included.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions regarding the Stamps Scholars program, application, or selection process.