Stamps Foundation Announces Fifth Class of Stamps Scholars at Mercer


MACON – This fall, Mercer will welcome five incoming freshmen as part of the University's fifth class of Stamps Scholars and the 11th class overall for the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation and its 36 partner institutions across the country.

Mercer's newest Stamps Scholars include Evan Hjort from Fall City, Washington; Grace Maloney from Marietta; Moriah Roycroft from Davidson, North Carolina; Lindsey Smallwood from Waycross; and Elizabeth Tammi from Oviedo, Florida. With the addition of this fifth class, 23 Stamps Scholars will be on the University's campus this fall.

“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 Stephen Karafa, associate director of admissions and recruitment and Stamps Leadership Scholars coordinator. “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.”

Stamps Scholars are chosen for their strong leadership potential, academic merit and exceptional character. The Foundation supports promising students who are eager to make contributions to the world and have the work ethic to make their dreams a reality.

This year's incoming class of Scholars, selected from more than 400,000 applicants, is made up of 209 students with diverse academic interests including biomedical engineering, public policy, medicine, music and education.

The Stamps Scholarship covers all expenses for four years of undergraduate study and also includes a monetary enrichment fund that Scholars can use for their academic and professional development. Other benefits of the scholarship include participation in a national day of service; access to a growing network of scholars and alumni; and opportunities to attend biennial conventions, where Scholars are able to network with one another and learn from recognized leaders. Stamps Scholars are known for their significant contributions to their campuses.

“Our Stamps Scholars have won prestigious national awards, gone to medical school and gone to graduate school at Harvard,” said Dr. David Davis, director of fellowships and scholarships and associate professor of English at Mercer. “Our incoming scholars have tremendous potential, and we have high expectations of them. These students raise the bar for all Mercer students.”

Thirty Stamps Scholars have won nationally prestigious academic awards to further both undergraduate and graduate studies. These include Fulbright, Gates Cambridge, Goldwater, Marshall, Rhodes, Truman and Schwarzman scholarships.

Beyond graduation, Stamps Scholars continue to distinguish themselves in their professional and graduate careers. Stamps alumni are working with top companies and organizations such as Google, McKinsey & Co. and NASA and pursuing graduate degrees at prestigious universities such as MIT, Stanford and Oxford.

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.

“We're very excited about this new class of Stamps Scholars,” said Roe Stamps, founder and chairman of the Stamps Foundation. “A hearty congratulations to our partner schools for selecting and attracting such a wonderful group of students.”

About The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation

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 nationwide network of colleges and universities with more than 1300 current and alumni Scholars. Learn more at

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