UNCG STAMPS Scholars visit the Three College Observatory, home to the largest telescope in the state.

It can be a misleading name: The Science, Technology and Math Preparation Scholarships Program, known on campus as “STAMPS.”

Yes, the program offers scholarships to UNC Greensboro students in the sciences with financial need. But there’s more – the nationally-recognized program provides faculty and peer mentorship, first-year seminars, undergraduate research opportunities, field trips, guest speakers, and an engaged, interdisciplinary community of current and future leaders in STEM.

The program, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and University funds, has proven to be well worth the investment since its launch in 2010. The first cohort had, approximately, a 90% four-year graduation rate in the sciences. The remaining 10% of students in the program also graduated in four years, just in other disciplines.

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Originally published Nov. 21, 2018.

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