Stamps Scholars

MU’s Premier Scholars Program


The University of Missouri is a proud partner in the Stamps Scholars program, sponsored by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, Inc. Joining with the Stamps Scholars Program in 2016, the ongoing relationship has already had a lasting and positive impact on our campus and Honors communities.

Toyin JacksonEach year we accept applications from the top students around the country for one of our five available spaces in the cohort.

Stamps Scholars at the University of Missouri receive a four-year, full scholarship (covering up to the total estimated cost of attendance), plus an additional $16,000 academic and leadership development fund to be used over a Scholar’s four years to enhance their intellectual, critical-thinking, engagement, and leadership skills development.

Mizzou Stamps Scholars will also enroll in the Honors College for all four years, working toward completion of the Honors Certificate and participating in the rigorous yet rewarding, academic and co-curricular programming of the College and University.

From day one in the classroom, Stamps Scholars will participate in research and artistry opportunities aligned with our other Scholars & Fellows Programs. These opportunities include one-on-one faculty guided research, artistry planning, design, and performance, and the presentation of their scholarship to campus, community, and public audiences. Stamps Scholars will also have unique opportunities, including a dedicated mentor, extensive and extended site visits, alumni networking, several opportunities for travel-study experiences (both abroad and away), and attendance at the bi-annual Stamps Scholars National Convention in Atlanta, GA.

Criteria for Selection

Stamps ScholarTo be eligible to apply for the Stamps Scholars Program at the University of Missouri, a student must have at least a 32 ACT (or 1450 new SAT or 1390 old SAT equivalents), hold at least a 3.5 core GPA, and have applied to and been admitted to MU and the Honors College by December 1.

Students should prepare, well in advance, for the application materials to be ready for submission by the deadline.

Prospective students who meet the ACT/SAT and GPA requirements, and who intend to apply, should strive to submit all application materials for admission to both MU and the Honors College in order to allow time for processing and formal notification of admission to each. This is especially important regarding high school transcripts. You must be admitted into the Honors College no later than December 1 in order to be considered for the Stamps Scholars program. No exceptions will be made to this deadline (Dec 1, 11:59 pm CST).

Stamps ScholarHere is what the Director of the College has said about Stamps Scholars applicants and what we are looking for in each of those students selected: “We know that all of our applicants will have outstanding academic records. To a large extent, then, our selection process is less about splitting hairs between a 33 and 34 ACT or a 4.0 and a 3.98 GPA, than it is about each student, as a person, as a budding leader, as a visionary for their (and their community’s) future, how grounded they are, and how they interpret the world around them. Those selected will be students with whom it will be wonderful to travel, hold a far-reaching but deeply grounded and informed conversation, who look at problems as the reason for more education rather than something to be avoided, and who can handle those moments of failure and change and bounce back better than before having learned from the experience. We are truly looking to build a community of young scholars who interact regularly with faculty, administrators, and serve as leaders across campus, who take on unique challenges, who will serve as representatives of Mizzou.”

Stamps Scholar Application

An application for the Stamps Scholars consists of an essay, two letters of recommendation, and a résumé (which will be added to a student’s academic record, already on file) and submitted via the Stamps Scholars link (below).

  • Stamps Scholars Resume

Please submit a résumé, of any length, detailing your academic career, employment history, volunteer and service activities, school involvement, and any other details that you feel are relevant to establishing your credentials as one of the University of Missouri’s top scholars. Title the document FIRSTLASTStampsResume2018, with your first name in place of FIRST and your last name in place of LAST.

  • Stamps Scholars Essay (2018)

Please provide a 1000-1250 word answer to the question below. Be sure that your answer speaks to your intellectual, critical-thinking, community and civic engagement, or leadership capacities, as these are the primary traits we are looking for in our future Scholars. Your answer must be word processed and saved as either a PDF or Word document. Title the document FIRSTLASTStampsEssay2018, with your first name in place of FIRST and your last name in place of LAST.

Question: Describe a goal you have in your life.  It can be intellectual, personal, or academic – anything that is of importance to you.  Explain why and how it became a goal, the reasons why a collegiate education is important in reaching that goal, and the steps that you plan to take to achieve it.

  • Stamps Scholars — Recommendation Letters

Please have two recommendation letters of any length submitted (we will only accept them if they are written by teachers; one may be from your school’s guidance counselor) detailing your academic career, according to the following: “What is this student’s greatest academic/intellectual strength and what is their greatest academic/intellectual challenge, and how does the combination of both strengths and challenges make them a potential Ambassador for Mizzou?

Please note: your references will receive an email with a unique link which they will use to submit their letters of recommendation.


Stamps Scholars Decision-making Process

Once applications are closed, a committee of faculty and administrators will review and evaluate every application to select the most distinguished individuals from across the United States to become Stamps Scholars Finalists.

All finalists will then be required to attend a two-day, on-campus event, scheduled for February 2-3, 2018. The event will include a formal reception, dinner, academic talk, a ten minute presentation by each candidate, a forty minute interview, a tour of the Honors Learning Community, a poster and artistry session with some of our most accomplished research Scholars & Fellows, and several other campus activities, including social and University-wide events.

Application Submission

All Stamps Scholars must submit their essay and résumé to us, and have their letters of recommendation uploaded, no later than 11:59 p.m. (CST) on December 1 via the submission link (in the box below). You will receive a confirmation once your materials have been submitted.

Stamps Scholars Application

Log in as a returning user with the credentials set up on your Application for Admission (email address and password), then click “Start New Application” at the bottom of the page. You will need to fill out the form completely, upload both your essay and resume, then submit the form.

You will see a confirmation webpage and will automatically receive a confirmation email. Your application is not complete until you get those confirmations. Please print a copy for your records.

We look forward to your candidacy and considering you for Mizzou’s premier scholars program!