The First Five: UO Stamps Scholars

The First Five: UO Stamps Scholars

September 15, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


I think the Stamps Scholarship is something, it offers opportunities that are open
enough for all kinds of people in all kinds of interests to thrive, which I think with the Stamp Scholars that we have at the University of Oregon really prove that because there’s such diversity. What makes someone successful
in becoming a Stamps Scholar is highlighting what’s unique
and what’s different about them. I played in rock bands in high school, I had my own music festival that I started, but I wasn’t as traditional of a
candidate as you would think for a scholarship of this type. I mean, it’s such an honor to know that I’m representing the U of O this way. The Stamps Scholarship has had a huge impact on not only me as a student but
also me growing as a leader. I really liked about Oregon that they seemed to care a lot about being genuinely friendly and genuinely supportive and I think that, that is really the spirit of the school to its new students. And like whenever I see a fellow famous Stamps person on campus, it’s just like, ‘Oh hey,’ you know it’s really nice. And whenever we have reasons to all come together, I feel like we always have so much to talk about. Being the first class of Stamp Scholars has been a special experience because we started out so small. We wanted to focus, not just on academics, we try to focus on service and leadership. I like hanging out with them because
there’s not much that’s similar about like the things that we’re interested in doing. But they have like a good heart for helping people and for making an impact and
a difference with their lives. I mean I’m really excited that the Stamps program is growing for next year. That’s one thing that they introduced, it’s going to be ten scholars – five not from Oregon – and I think that that’s really, really incredible. Having the opportunity, not only for more students to become Stamp Scholars but then also to get outside of the Oregon community. The best word that I think describes it is just opportunity – to go study abroad, to invest in research, to take an unpaid internship. Gratitude would be the first word that pops into my mind when I think of graduating. Even after graduation, the effects of the Stamps Scholarship will continue.