This weekend, fifty college students from around the country had the opportunity to engage in this year’s Stamps Scholars Regional Conference here at the University of Pittsburgh. Following the theme “A Personal Renaissance: Learning from the Past to Become Leaders of the Future”, attendees gained valuable knowledge and created strong relationships with students representing twenty universities over the course of three days.
The Stamps Scholars program is a nationally-prestigious merit-based scholarship program that assists students in becoming successful leaders not only on their college campuses, but in their fields of study. Scholars receive full tuition, mandatory fees required by the University, room and board, along with additional funds for enrichment activities that include study abroad experiences, academic conferences, and leadership training. Pitt is proud to host 19 Stamps Scholars, who contributed an enormous amount of time and effort into the success of this year’s conference.
Together, Co-Chairs Julia Snyder and Mandy Sauter along with Pitt Stamps Scholars Program Director and Program Manager in the Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development, Sarah Popovich, created a proposal to host the regional conference at the University and were thrilled when it got accepted. “A lot of heart and soul went into the planning, and it was truly a team effort to make sure the weekend was a success,” said Snyder. “The students I interacted with this weekend were incredible, genuine, and capable students who all have bright futures ahead of them.”
Attendees engaged in thought-provoking discussions and presentations throughout the Conference and also had the opportunity to attend the Panther Leadership Summit with more than 200 Pitt students. They also had the opportunity to interact with prominent Pitt figures, including Chancellor Patrick D. Gallagher, Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner, and Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Secretary of the Board of Trustees Kathy Humphrey.
“The Stamps Scholars Regional Conference served as a great networking opportunity for students who are engaging in similar collegiate experiences across the country,” said Popovich. “By coming together for a weekend of leadership and professional development, Scholars had the opportunity to strengthen their connections with one another and to gain knowledge and experience that they can apply on their home campuses and in their various fields of study.”
For more information on the Stamps Scholars program at the University of Pittsburgh, click here.
By, Allison Jensen