Stamps Scholars must exemplify leadership, perseverance, scholarship, service, and innovation. They will have achieved unusual distinction in the classroom and beyond. Successful applicants have pursued the most challenging curriculum available to them and have achieved grade point averages and standardized test scores (if submitted) that place them in the top percentage in comparison to their peers. Further, Stamps Scholars have typically been leaders in a variety of extracurricular pursuits and won recognition for their interests at the regional, state, or national level.
The Stamps Scholarship is awarded to approximately five entering first-year students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, a high degree of intellectual curiosity and scholarship, exceptional promise in leadership, service and social responsibility, perseverance, character, integrity, and innovation. Made possible by through the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, and through matching funds from Wake Forest University benefactor Mr. Porter B. Byrum, this scholarship annually covers the costs of tuition, fees, room and board, and includes an allowance for books and personal expenses. Scholars may receive up to $15,000 total over their four undergraduate years for approved travel or study projects. Stamps Scholars also receive an extra $500 allowance for expenses related to one semester at a Wake Forest overseas program.
Finalists are invited to campus for interviews and are notified by the end of March.