Meet the Stamps Scholars
Meet some of E-town's finest- recipients of the Stamps Scholars Program. These students truly exemplify our motto of being a "bigger part of the world" and they are living out their dreams through the Stamps Scholars Program.
"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
Winsum Chang '18, Biology
At 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 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 was able to use my Stamps enrichment funds to travel to Japan for a May-term course in 2016. 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
Being a Stamps Scholar helped me make one of the best decisions of my life: coming to Etown! Now, I am a senior Secondary Social Studies Education major, French and History minor, with the hope of becoming a middle school history teacher after grad school. I am currently doing my student teaching at the local middle school in seventh grade US history. At Etown, I participate in the Called to Lead program, the Honors Program, intramurals, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, Education Organization, Building Bridges mentoring, Circle K, where I am the president, InterVarsity, the college orchestra and band (oboe), and the Random Acts of Kindness SDLC. I also work as a Jaywalker, giving campus tours, and an archives assistant, cataloging Dr. Donald Kraybill's papers. None of this would have been possible without the generosity of the Stamps family, and for that I will be forever grateful. The scholarship has given me the chance to go to Atlanta for the Stamps Scholars National Convention, the ability to have a summer internship with the Baltimore Education Research Consortium (Summer 2015),the opportunity to study abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France in Spring 2016, and the possibility of presenting my thesis research on multicultural education at a conference. I'm looking forward to seeing what else is in store for my last year at Etown!
Lacey MacRhyann '18, Biochemistry
At Elizabethtown College, I am majoring in biochemistry with the goal of becoming a medical doctor. I am a member of the College's Chemistry Club, as well as Newman Club, InterVarsity, and the Honors Program. I am a representative for the freshman class in student senate, and I recently began participating in the Called to Lead program to encourage further development of my leadership skills. I plan on becoming a mentor for incoming freshmen in order to help them not only adjust to their new life at Elizabethtown, but also learn how to make the most of their college experience. The Stamps Scholarship has provided more opportunities for me than I can list. Without the help of the Stamps Leadership Scholarship Program, I would not have been financially capable of making the decision to come to such an amazing school as Elizabethtown. Having been a resident of the state of Washington all my life, I have always wanted to learn more about the East coast, and the scholarship has contributed greatly in allowing me a chance to do so. The Stamps Scholarship Program is, and will continue to be, a very important factor in the further development of my education, my leadership ability, and my personal growth.
Colby Schweibenz '18 Biochemistry
I have really found a home away from home here at Etown. I have been involved in many things, such as a member of Student Senate, Called to Lead, chemistry Club, Alpha Lambda Delta, and the Honors Program. I am a tour guide as well as a Peer Mentor for first-year students. I have participated in several intramural sports including tennis, basketball, and volleyball. In addition to majoring in Biochemistry, I will also obtain a minor in Spanish and am currently studying abroad in Quito, Ecuador for this fall semester of my senior year. I will also be participating in research with a professor of medicine in the area of breast cancer genetics this fall. I loved attending the 2015 Stamps Scholars National Convention at Georgia Institute of Technology, especially because of the great opportunity to network with Stamps Scholars across the nation. Also thanks to the Stamps Foundation, I was able to get a jump-start on undergraduate research the summer after my first year at college. As part of E-town's summer research program, I worked with the college's professor of Biochemistry, Dr. Thomas Hagan. I worked on developing a procedure to synthesize Giant Unilamellar Vesicles (GUVs), which one day may be used as pharmaceutical delivery devices. I used some of my Stamps funds to travel to Honduras in the winter of 2016 where I helped run a medical clinic with some of my peers in the Biology and Chemistry departments. Later that spring, I attended and presented at the national ACS Meeting in San Diego. I also spent one summer performing cellular biology research at Rowan University's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. My goal was to identify a specific protein responsible for site-specific cleavage of yeast mitochondrial mRNA. Thanks to the Stamps Foundation, I was able to have all of these memorable and educational experiences. Now I am looking forward to applying to graduate school in the area of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology!
Brian Stottler, '18 Computer Science
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. In summer 2016, I was selected to complete an internship at Google in Mountain View, CA, which was a wonderful experience. Being part of the Stamps Scholarship Program has been extremely rewarding so far, and I especially enjoyed the Stamps Scholars National Convention in Atlanta. I greatly appreciate the network of peers to which the program has introduced me.
Eric Zimmerman '18, Biology
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 Chair of the Elections Committee. I am awed at the opportunities that have been presented to me here at Elizabethtown. The generosity of the Stamps Foundation significantly contributed to my decision to spend the remainder of my time at Elizabethtown finding ways to make an impact. The Stamps Foundation's generosity will allow me to maximize the education I receive, and I am excited at the thought of what the next few years will bring.
Shaye Lynn DiPasquale '19 Communications
Here at Elizabethtown College, I am majoring in Communications and minoring in Women and Gender Studies and Human Services. I am involved with many activities on campus including the Called To Lead program and Emotion dance club. I am a DJ for WWEC 88.3 radio station, a writer for The Etownian, and a member of the Honors Program. I'm excited to begin working on community service projects on campus and in the community. I also plan to start a campus chapter of the United Nation's Girl Up campaign, an organization I worked with for the past three years. Girl Up is a campaign led by the United Nations Foundation to raise funds and awareness for underprivileged girls in developing nations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In the future, I hope to use my enrichment funds to study abroad in a country that will provide me with an immersion in a new cultural environment. I'm very grateful for the educational opportunity that the Stamps Foundation has provided me and I can't wait to see what the future holds.
Mika Thomas '19, Japanese
I joined the Elizabethtown College community in 2015, and I am so grateful for the generosity of Elizabethtown College and the Stamps family. I am excited to become an active member of the Stamps Scholar community. I am interested in foreign language and I am currently studying Japanese. My goal is to be able to teach Japanese and English in order to help globalize the classroom and make the benefits of being bilingual available to more students. I also am interested in service projects because I enjoy working with other people and learning about perspectives other than my own. I am eager to meet the challenges that I am lucky enough to take on as a Stamps Scholar and I plan on making the most of my years at Elizabethtown.
Nicholas Winch '19, Computer Science
I was born and raised in Walkersville, Maryland and attended Walkersville High School. I am Computer Science major. I am an eagle scout, and a member of the track team where I am a sprinter. I am very proud to be attending Elizabethtown College under the generous sponsorship of the Stamps Foundation. In fall 2016, I attended the Stamps-sponsored Igniting Curiosity conference at Purdue University, and I look forward to my years of service in this lovely community.
Sara Allocco '20, Political Science & Spanish
I am a political science and Spanish double major from Albany, New York. In high school, I organized efforts to fund the creation of the first deaf education program in Africa that is not segregated by hearing ability. The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation and Elizabethtown College gave me the opportunity to further this passion for advocacy work in an incredible community. I am involved in Building Bridges International Mentoring Program, Called to Lead, Catholic Campus Ministry, and College Republicans. In October of 2016, I attended Purdue University's "Igniting Curiosity: A Stamps Symposium," and I spent the summer of 2017 developing written materials and audio tours for Spanish-speaking patrons at a Massachusetts museum. I am an avid runner and enjoy exploring subjects relating to diplomacy, foreign languages, and public policy in my free time. After my college graduation, I hope to join the Peace Corps and pursue a PhD in international relations with an end goal of working for the U.S. Foreign Service. I am excited for the future and grateful for the supportive network I've gained as an Etown Stamps Scholar.
Liuba Miranosava '20, Accounting
I grew up in Stroudsburg, PA after moving from Vitebsk, Belarus at the age of five. I am a current freshman at Elizabethtown and have an intended Accounting Major with a French Minor. I hope to attain my 150 hours within my four years at Elizabethtown and go on to get my CPA license as well as my Master's Degree. After that, my dream has been to join the Peace Corps and educate underprivileged children abroad. At Elizabethtown, I look forward to partaking in community service, studying abroad, and playing in the various music ensembles as a percussionist. I hope to take advantage of new opportunities that come my way and am grateful and excited to see where the Stamps scholarship takes me!
Rebecca Voler '20, Physics Education
I am a freshman at Elizabethtown, where I am majoring in Physics Education and minoring in Spanish. I am also looking forward to being involved in Elizabethtown's many music programs, as I have played trumpet for 8 years. I am ecstatic about the opportunities that will be available to me as a Stamps scholar. I hope to use the scholarship to study abroad. This would greatly enrich my education, and allow me to experience cultures. Additionally, I want to become involved in service activities on campus. I'm so thankful for all the opportunities I have been given and look forward to a chance to be involved.
Ethan Waugh '20, Political Science & Spanish
After growing up in Lineboro, Maryland, I graduated from Manchester Valley High School where I enjoyed participating and leading many clubs and teams from national Honor Society to the school's Cross-Country team. Now, with extreme thanks, appreciation, and credit to the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, I eagerly await to begin my life as a new student here at Elizabethtown College. I believe that one of the most effective ways to positively impact the world comes by taking an international approach in this ever-globalizing economy. With this in mind, I intend on pursuing a double major in Spanish and Political Science. My ultimate goal is to attain fluency not only in Spanish, but also in other foreign languages such as French and Portuguese. At the same time, I intend on joining language and community service oriented clubs on campus. I am excited to embark on this new adventure and I cannot wait to see what the next few years will do to help me achieve my goals and make a difference.
Jonathan Wiseman '20, Actuarial Science
I am a first-year student at Elizabethtown and my intended major is Actuarial Science. Before coming to Elizabethtown, I spent several years living in Russia, Germany, and Estonia. I chose Elizabethtown in part because I wanted to feel like I belonged to a tight community. In the coming years, I am looking forward to having the opportunity to study abroad, discover my passions, and create a home for myself.
Niklas Byriel '21, Computer Science
Despite being born in Lorrach, Germany, I have spent most of my life growing up in the United States. Because of this, we spoke a lot of languages in my household growing up, English, German, and some Danish. I now plan to use what some would consider this innate knack for languages on computer programming languages, as I am majoring in Computer Science. I look forward to all surprises these next four years will bring and am deeply thankful to the Stamps foundation for this unique opportunity.
Ryan Fisher '21, Electrical Engineering
The amazing opportunities presented to me by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation made my college choice very easy. Here at Elizabethtown College, I will be majoring in Electrical Engineering and minoring in Biology, as I aspire to become a biomedical engineer and work in cancer research. I hope to use the generous enrichment fund to either study or get involved in research abroad. I am very excited to experience the world and its vast array of cultures, beliefs, and ways of living. Separately, I am a member of the soccer team, and look forward to a promising season. I also look forward to getting involved in Called to Lead, service oriented clubs, and hopefully some musical groups, too. I am eager to embark on this exciting journey, where I am sure my experiences as a Blue Jay will facilitate personal growth, as I strive to fulfill our college's motto: Educate for Service.
Samantha Seely '21, Communications & German
I am a double major in Communications and German and I'm from Forsyth County, Georgia. I'm interested in pursuing a career in either foreign language interpretation or journalism. I've always loved writing and studying languages, and I want to use those skills to connect people with different life experiences. In high school, I worked with a local publishing company to publish an anthology of short stories and poems by the creative writing club, titled Monday Afternoon. I'm excited to be attending Elizabethtown as a Stamps Scholar the next four years, and plan on participating in campus activities and volunteer service as well as study abroad for a semester.
Matthew Smith '21, Secondary Social Studies Education
Through the generosity of the Stamps Family Foundation and Elizabethtown College, I am happy to be a member of the Class of 2021! I graduated from North Pocono High School in Covington Twp., Pennsylvania where I was involved in many clubs and activities, such as Student Government, National Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Science Olympiad, Mock Trial and Band. outside of school, I am a proud Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, Servant leadership is a big part of my life, and I plan on continuing that service while at Elizabethtown; that's why I'm a Secondary Social Studies Education major with a History/Political Science minor. I'm looking forward to joining clubs such as Student Senate and the Elizabethtown Young Democrats. I'm also looking forward to studying abroad and summer internships that are now possible because of the Stamps Foundation. I'm excited to begin this next chapter in my life with Elizabethtown College and the Stamps Foundation!
J.D. Sterbens '21, Biology
I am a freshman at Elizabethtown College from Huntington Station, New York. I am majoring in biology - Pre-Vet and my dream is to become a Zoological Veterinarian. I love animals and have worked with them my entire life. This summer I was lucky enough to spend a month in South Africa doing conservation volunteer work on a big game reserve. At home I volunteer at a place called Horseability, where I get to combine my love for animals with helping people with special needs. I love music and play several different instruments including the Tuba and the Bass. I am also a swimmer and hope to join the team at Etown. The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation has given me an outstanding opportunity to make a difference in the world. I hope to use it to help enrich my studies of animal behavior, conservation and exploring the therapeutic benefits of the relationship between animals and people.
Aiyana Tietz - Di Toro '21, Health and Occupation
I am from Seattle, WA, where I attended Shorecrest High School. I chose to move across the country in order to pursue a major in the excellent Occupational Therapy freshman-entry, combined BS/Master's program at Elizabethtown College, PA. Additionally, I was drawn to this college by their motto of Educate for Service, as well as by the tight-knit, friendly, and warm environment. So far, I have joined the Blue Jay's volleyball team and I look forward to becoming more involved in other activities on campus as well. Also, community service is something I find very important and I hope to use part of the generous Stamps Scholarship Enrichment Fund to set up a program that exposes elementary school children to math concepts in a hands-on, enjoyable way to open their minds to math and help them be successful in the future. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities and support provided by the Stamps Scholarship and am excited to start the new journey of college at Elizabethtown College!
Tyler Butkus '17, Chemistry and Business Administration
My passion is finding the intersection between entrepreneurial opportunities and technological advances ready to be implemented for the greater good. More specifically, I'm interested in promoting grassroots social entrepreneurship in developing communities as a means of generating long-term, sustainable, exponential growth. I believe that an interdisciplinary approach to business is at the heart of success and innovation in the 21st century, and I look forward to using my dual study of the sciences and businesses to catalyze ventures that represent the incarnation of capitalism and Adam Smith's "Invisible Hand." To that end, I have served as Treasurer of my class, I've initiated and piloted an unprecedented partnership between Elizabethtown College, the Social Enterprise Institute, and a local business in developing a novel method for food waste recycling that has applications in developing economies, and I remain highly involved with the college's Called to Lead program, which prepares students for a life of purposeful servant leadership. Outside of the classroom, I compete in power lifting on the national level, I enjoy rebuilding muscle cars, and I spend a good deal of the time outdoors, both hunting and hiking. I've recently traveled to the Czech Republic, South Africa, and Indonesia to broaden my global perception, learn new languages, and experience firsthand the communities and cultures that can most benefit from investments in social enterprise. I believe the future holds endless potential, and I'm excited to work as a pioneer in finding new solutions to problems that have gone unsolved for too long.
Nicolas Callahan '17, Economics and Philosophy
When 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 Scholarship Program would allow me, the choice was easy. I studied abroad in Marburg, Germany during my junior year where I will continued my studies in Economics and Philosophy. I also be traveled to Brussels in May 2015 as part of an economics course.
Tiana Ferrante '17, Legal Studies
My experience as an Etown Stamps Scholar gave me a multitude of exciting opportunities, from meeting a Nobel Laureate to teaching children English in the outskirts of Florence, Italy. I graduated with a Legal Studies major, and I was actively involved on campus as Copy Chief for the school newspaper, The Etownian, President of Etown College Republicans, a member of Called to Lead, a board member for Jay Firm Public Relations, a DJ for the student radio station and a member of the Newman Club, through which I organized a "Diversity of the Pro-Life Movement" event. Thanks to the Stamps Program, my study abroad experience in Florence was entirely funded by the generous Stamps endowment. After Italy, I was thrilled to work as a legal intern with the Social Enterprise Institute on campus, perform legal research with Dr. Kopko and intern in the summer with a law firm back home that handles probate, estate planning and guardianship cases. I'm extremely grateful for all the opportunities made available to me at Elizabethtown and Italy through the Etown Stamps Program. Grazie--Thank you!
Sarah Fuller '17, Early Childhood Education
Being a Stamps Scholar at Elizabethtown College was an honor that allowed me to make the most of my college experience. At Elizabethtown, I studied Early Childhood and Special Education and pursued research in international special education. I was president of the Council for Exceptional Children, a member of the Education Organization, and a mentor for Moving Forward Together, which pairs Elizabethtown College students with students from the Milton Hershey School. I also gave tours to prospective students as a Jaywalker and choreographed for Emotion. Being a Stamps Scholar enabled me to explore my career interests, as I spent the summer after my first year doing neuroscience research at Vanderbilt University. I was able to spend to a semester abroad and to complete my research in international special education, and I arranged to return for a second semester to complete an internship in a related field. I thank the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation for the many opportunities to challenge myself and pursue my interests.
Mary Clyne '16, Professional Writing
I graduated from Elizabethtown with a English, Professional writing major and an Anthropology minor. My time at Elizabethtown was spent at an Archaeology Field School on Catalina Island in Southern California and I spent a semester in Florence, Italy. On campus I was a SAM (Student Athlete Mentor) and played Division III volleyball, track and field, and lacrosse my freshman and sophomore years. I am a senior English major with an Anthropology minor from Thousand Oaks, California. I spent this past summer at an Archaeology Field School on Catalina Island in Southern California. During my junior year, I spent a semester in Florence, Italy where I took art classes. Here at Elizabethtown College, I was a SAM (Student Athlete Mentor) and played Division III volleyball, track and field, and lacrosse my freshman and sophomore years. I also wrote articles for The Etownian, was a section editor for the yearbook, and a news anchor on ECTV. The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation granted me a college experience that would not have otherwise been possible and I will always be grateful for this opportunity.
Gates Failing '16, Biology
I studied biology with interests in primary care medicine and public health. On campus, I served as the treasurer for my class in Student Senate and as a Peer Mentor first-year student orientation leader. In the community, I was 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 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. During my senior year, I was granted a Fulbright fellowship to study traditional medicine and HIV prevention in Malawi for one year after graduation. I have been impressed with the challenging and rewarding education that I have received at Elizabethtown. 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
I graduated in the Spring of 2016 from Elizabethtown with an Actuarial Science major and Spanish minor and was involved on campus as a peer mentor, Into the Streets coordinator, Called to Lead member, and Emotion Dance Club choreographer. The generosity of the Stamps Scholarship had allowed me to attend a Stamps Leadership conference, study abroad in Barcelona, sit for actuarial exams, go on a spring break service trip, and take an internship at an actuarial consulting firm that required me to live away from home. I was able to complete a SCARP summer research project translating a mathematical paper from Spanish to English, a project that allowed me to work closely with a faculty mentor and combine my two academic areas of study. Thanks to the generosity of the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation and Elizabethtown College, I was fortunate to have a variety of opportunities to further my education and continue my roles in leadership and service. After graduation, I accepted a job at a major insurance company in Philadelphia.
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 continued my running career on the cross country and track teams. Being a part of the Stamps Scholars program 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 study abroad in Marburg, Germany and to travel to Asia and Africa. I have also been provided with the opportunity to meet famous speakers or presenters who came to campus.
David Boretti '15, Engineering and History
I was born in Garmisch, Germany, came to Elizabethtown from Crofton, MD, where I attended high school at Archbishop Spalding. I graduated with a double major in mechanical engineering and history and also played 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 Scholars Program, I was blessed with countless opportunities and chances to learn both inside and outside of the classroom and while also helping others and impacting other people's lives. After graduating, I took a position in the management development program of M & T Bank. I plan to return for my graduate degree in Engineering in a few years.