Meet the Stamps Leadership Scholars
Meet some of E-town's finest- recipients of the Stamps Leadership Scholarship. These students truly exemplify our motto of being a "bigger part of the world" and they are living out their dreams through the Stamps Leadership Scholarship.
"The generosity and reputation of the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation was a significant
factor in my decision to attend Elizabethtown College. I am excited to reap the benefits of the program
over my four years and maximize my collegiate experience."
- Gates Failing '16
David Boretti '15, Engineering and HistoryI was born in Garmisch, Germany, came to Elizabethtown from Crofton,MD, and attended high school at Archbishop Spalding. I am a double major in mechanical engineering and history and also play on the soccer team, where I was a two year team captain. I have completed the leadership program, Called to Lead, that combines leadership skills with community service and learning. Through the Stamps Leadership Scholarship Program, my fellow recipients at Elizabethtown and I have a chance to blaze a trail for everyone that will follow us in the program at this school. We have been blessed with countless opportunities and chances to learn both inside and outside of the classroom and to pursue our life goals while also helping others and impacting other people's lives.
Tamara Eichelberger '15, Sociology/AnthropologyI am majoring in Sociology-Anthropology and with a minor in History and German. Since I first arrived at E-town I have become a peer mentor, give tutoring sessions for writing, and also give tours to prospective students as an admissions office tour guide. I have been president of the Alpha Lambda Delta chapter and a member of the school’s dance club, Emotion. The Stamps Scholarship has opened up many opportunities for me. I have traveled to Phoenix, AZ for the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in 2011 and also to Champaign, IL for a Stamps Scholars Leadership Conference in 2012. The scholarship has also helped me to achieve my dream of studying abroad.
Amy Wagner '15, ChemistryAt E-town I am majoring in chemistry and am active in several clubs including the Chemistry Club, Called to Lead, and Faith in Action. I expect to graduate from the Honors program, and I am a member of two honor societies: Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society and Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemistry Honor Society. Being a Stamps Scholar allowed me to begin research at my home institution earlier than I otherwise may have, and it funded some of my living expenses when I did research at Georgia Tech during one summer. The enrichment fund has also allowed me to travel to Phoenix, AZ for the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in 2011, and more recently I have used funds in my study abroad experience in New Zealand so that I could more fully appreciate this astounding country. I have been blessed to be a Stamps Scholar in my undergraduate career, and I hope to continue excelling in graduate school as I tackle more of the environmental side of chemistry.
Mary Clyne '16, Professional WritingMary is a Professional Writing major from Thousand Oaks, California. At Etown, Mary has been a member of the varsity Volleyball team and varsity Track and Field. Mary writes for the campus newspaper, the Etownian and studied abroad in Florence, Italy.
Gates Failing '16, BiologyAt Elizabethtown, I am studying biology with interests in primary care medicine and public health. On campus, I serve as the treasurer for my class in Student Senate and as a Peer Mentor first-year student orientation leader. In the community, I am a mentor in the Moving Forward Together program that pairs undergraduates with high school students from the local Milton Hershey School. During my summers, I have had the opportunity to engage in microbiology research with Elizabethtown faculty and through an internship at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. During Spring 2014, I lived in The Gambia, West Africa for four months where I took public health courses, learned the Wolof language, and completed an anthropological research project on traditional medical practices. The Stamps Program enrichment funds enabled me to complete this life-changing experience without any financial obstacles.
I have been impressed with the challenging and rewarding education that I have received thus far. The generosity a nd reputation of the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation was a significant factor in my decision to attend Elizabethtown College.
Alicia Froh '16, Actuarial Science
Joshua Ruszala '16, Psychology
I have kept my passion for science and music alive at Elizabethtown College, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Cognitive Science while singing in Phalanx, the school’s all-male a capella group, the local community chorus, and Elizabethtown’s concert choir. I am incredibly grateful to be a recipient of the Stamps Scholarship, because it has allowed me to attend a school where I not only fit in, but am able to achieve my full potential. Thanks to the Stamps Foundation, I can afford to study the things that fas
cinate me while I mature as an individual and shape my plans for the future.
Matthew Shenk '16, International Business
After my senior year of high school I chose to take a gap-year in which I spent the summer cycling across America in an effort to raise money for MS. I spent that academic year abroad volunteering for the Free Burma Rangers, an organization based in Thailand that performs relief efforts throughout the war-zones of Burma. This time abroad greatly contributed to my interest in studying International Business here at Elizabethtown. At Elizabethtown, I have continued my running career on the cross country and track teams. Being a part of the Stamps Scholars program has provided me with a great number of resources which help to further learning outside of the classroom. The enrichment funds have allowed me even greater financial freedom to travel to Asia and Africa. I have also been provided with the opportunity to meet famous speakers or presenters who come to campus. At the moment, I am studying abroad in Marburg, Germany for my junior year.
Tyler Butkus '17, Chemistry and Business AdministrationAs an ACS chemistry and business administration double major at the college, I've needed to take a rather unconventional approach to fitting all of my classes into four short years. Whether it be through overloads, summer classes, online courses, or special arrangements with professors, Elizabethtown has provided me with the options I've needed to accomplish my goals. Furthermore, the Stamps Leadership Scholarship Program has given me the confidence, connections, and financial support that I need to take on this exciting challenge. Outside of the classroom, I have also used enrichment funds to finance a week long sailing trip in Maine with other Stamps Scholars across the country through the Outward Bound program. As a result of this remarkable experience, I now have friends across the country, and we all can't wait to be reunited at the Stamps National Convention this spring! The Stamps network has even helped to shape and support my dreams of one day becoming a Rhodes Scholar; I truly can't say enough about the willingness to give that exists within the Stamps community. Closer to home, I am the President of Alpha Lambda Delta, I have served as the Treasurer for my class senate, I am engaged with Called to Lead, and I am an RA. I've also recently qualified for USAPL raw power lifting nationals, and I am slowly but surely working on developing a youth growth and mentoring program in my home town. My ultimate aspirations are to one day work in investment banking as the link between finance and scientific industry, utilizing my double major to observe a larger world of connection than I might otherwise be able to see.
Nicolas Callahan '17, Economics and PhilosophyWhen I first moved to Elizabethtown for college, I had never lived in the US before. I went to high school in Thailand and lived in several other countries in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe before that. Given my background a lot of people wonder why I chose to attend a small school like Elizabethtown. I knew I wanted to go to a smaller school with a more personal atmosphere like at E-town; I also knew I wanted to continue to do programs that let me travel. With the freedoms the Stamps Leadership Scholarship Program would allow me, the choice was easy. I plan on studying abroad in Germany for a semester where I will continue my studies in Economics and Philosophy. I will also be travelling to Brussels in May 2015 as part of an economics course.
Tiana Ferrante '17, Legal Studies
I'm a Legal Studies major from Florida, and I've been actively involved in the campus newspaper, The Etownian, Etown College Republicans, Called to Lead, Jay Firm Public Relations and the Newman Club, through which I organized a "Diversity of the Pro-Life Movement" event. I've also had the chance to work as a Chinese language tutor for Learning Services. Since visiting Italy when I was young, it has been a dream of mine to return someday. I plan to use my enrichment funds to study abroad in Florence. I'm very grateful for all the opportunities made available to me at Elizabethtown through the Stamps Leadership Scholarship Program.
Sarah Fuller '17, Early Childhood Education
Winsum Chang '18, BiologyAt Elizabethtown, I am majoring in biology. I am a member of Medicus, the ski club, and I take part in the community choir. I am taking piano lessons and participate in a weightlifting program with help from my fellow Stamps Scholar Tyler Butkus. I am also practicing Cantonese kung-fu at the martial arts club. The Stamps Leadership Scholarship has given me so many opportunities. Now I can explore parts of the world that are utterly different from Elizabethtown with the enrichment funds. I have a community of fellow Stamps Scholars at my residence hall, at Student Senate, in the Honors Program, and even in the gym. Though I can explore the world, I can do it knowing that I always have a community with me.
Gillian Engelbrecht '18, Social Studies Education
Lacey MacRhyann '18, Biochemistry
Colby Schweibenz '18, BiochemistryEven though I have just started my first year at Elizabethtown College, I have already gotten involved in many different activities. I am the Vice President for my class in Student Senate, a member of Called to Lead, Chemistry Club, and the Honors Program. I participated in several intramural sports in the first semester, including tennis, soccer, and basketball. Thanks to the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, I will be able to get a jump-start on undergraduate research, something I am very much looking forward to in order to pursue a career in Biochemistry. I also plan to obtain a minor in Spanish and will be able to fulfill my dream of studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. I am excited to attend the 2015 Stamps Leadership Conference at Georgia Institute of Technology and have an opportunity to network with Stamps Scholars across the nation.
In the fall of 2014, I joined the ranks of Elizabethtown College's Stamps Scholars. My interests lie mainly in the areas of computing, mathematics, and engineering, with my major currently declared as Computer Science. During my first semester, I joined the college's Computer Science Club and attended the ACM programming competition on a scoring team. During end-of-semester elections, I became vice president of the club. I have also worked with Dr. Barry Wittman on the development and documentation of his programming language, Shadow. Being part of the Stamps Leadership Scholarship Program has been extremely rewarding so far, and I especially look forward to attending the upcoming conference in Atlanta. I greatly appreciate the network of peers to which the program has introduced me.
Brian Stottler, '18, Computer Science
At Elizabethtown, I am a Biology major on the Pre-Medicine track, and I am also minoring in Business Administration. I am a member of the Elizabethtown College Student Senate, and I serve as the Treasurer of the Class of 2018. I am awed at the opportunities that have been presented to me thus far after only one semester here at Elizabethtown. The generosity of the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation significantly contributed to my decision to spend the next four years of my life at Elizabethtown. The Foundation's generosity will allow me to maximize the education I receive, and I am excited at the thought of what the next four years will bring.
Eric Zimmerman '18, Biology