Mercer University Names Third Class of Stamps Scholars


MACON – Mercer University has selected five students for its third class of Stamps Scholars as part of the University's participation in the prestigious Stamps Scholars Program. The students are Anna Lisa Ciarrocca of Laurinburg, North Carolina; Sydney Erin Koenig of Richmond Hill, Georgia; Donovan Cristopher Latherow of Tarpon Springs, Florida; Oge Chiwendu Onuh of Antioch, Tennessee; and Steven James Pirvu of Gonzales, Louisiana. The program is funded by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Inc.

“Students selected to be a part of the Stamps Scholars Program are of excellent character and demonstrate the desire to combine research and service-learning and to use their gifts and talents to solve many of the world's problems,” said Dr. Penny Elkins, senior vice president for enrollment management at Mercer.

“Mercer's mission is to produce graduates who are well-rounded individuals and who will utilize their Mercer education to make substantial and lasting change within their fields of study. We are excited to see what the future holds for these exceptional students.”

The five recipients were chosen from more than 170 applicants based on their leadership, scholarship, service and innovation. The scholarship covers the full cost of attendance, including tuition, fees, room, board and books. In addition, Stamps Scholars will each receive an iPad and $16,000 enrichment stipend to support activities such as study abroad, undergraduate research, unpaid internships and conference fees during their four-year tenure at Mercer.

With the addition of the third class of Stamps Scholars, 19 scholars will be on Mercer's campus this fall. Mercer is one of only 39 universities in the country to participate in the program alongside institutions such as Georgia Institute of Technology, University of California – Los Angeles, University of Notre Dame, Wake Forest University and University of Michigan.

E. Roe Stamps IV, who was raised in Macon and is a graduate of Stratford Academy, and his wife, Penny, established the foundation in part to help exceptional students realize their dream of achieving a college education. Among the alumni of the Stamps Scholars Program are a Rhodes Scholar; graduate students at Emory, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Kansas, the Manhattan School of Music, Michigan, MIT, Oxford, UC-Berkeley and Vanderbilt; and employees at several top consulting firms: BP, Deutsche Bank, GE, Teach For America and the Department of Homeland Security.

Kyle Sears
Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​