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.

About the Scholars

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 programs that expand on what they learn in the classroom. Several of the scholars recently answered questions about their projects, their goals, and what they have learned along the way.

Eligibility

Students who are entering their junior year, or have completed at least 6 terms at Dartmouth, are eligible to apply. In general, this includes current sophomores and juniors. Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate an excellent academic record.
  • Describe specific experiential learning opportunities they would like to pursue.
  • Explain how their academic background and other experiences have provided sufficient preparation for the proposed activities.
  • Obtain a Dartmouth faculty or staff mentor to provide direction and support.

Application Instructions

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 complete the digital application form and attach the required documents. A full application includes:

  • A digital application form with a suggested length of up to 250 words per free response question
  • A one-page resume starting with the students’ Dartmouth experience, eliminating anything prior
  • An unofficial Dartmouth transcript
  • A Dartmouth faculty or staff mentor’s confirmation statement, submitted directly via digital form by the faculty or staff mentor

In order to be considered, the application form, resume, and transcript must be received by the deadline (next deadline to be announced December 2017) . Contact [email protected] with any questions regarding the Stamps Scholars program or application process.

Selection

The Dartmouth Stamps Scholars Program application review committee, chaired by the Associate Director of Experiential Learning, reviews all applications and selects candidates to advance to the interview phase. Interviews last approximately 30 minutes. Candidates are asked to give a 7 to 10 minute presentation on their overall interests and specific goals for developing an experiential learning plan, including a detailed description of proposed activities and what the candidate hopes to learn through the experiences. The review committee then asks the candidate questions about their proposed goals and activities. The review committee will nominate up to ten students to become Stamps Scholars, and the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation will conduct final interviews and make selection decisions.