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Senior Wins Prestigious Scholarship
Spencer Laue '18 receives a surprise visit from representatives of Mercer University.
Spencer Laue did not know what the matter was when College Counseling Director Rusty Allen asked him to meet in the College Counseling Office Wednesday morning at 10:00. Laue arrived to find family members and two representatives from Mercer University's admissions office, Stephen Karafa and Jena Palmer, waiting to inform him that he had been selected as a Stamps Scholar at the School.
The prestigious Stamps Scholars Program is funded by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation. Each year, Mercer selects five members from its first-year class as the University’s incoming Stamps Scholars. These students are among the highest achieving applicants in the University’s entering class. The Stamps Scholars Program emphasizes student initiative, from engaging in philanthropic efforts worldwide to conducting research and demonstrating a passion for improving local communities. Recipients are chosen on the basis of both academic achievement and effective leadership and must demonstrate "leadership, perseverance, scholarship, service to humankind, and innovation."
For Stamps Scholars, Mercer pays full tuition and fees, room and board, provides a complimentary Apple iPad, and offers stipends of up to $16,000 over four years to support study abroad, undergraduate research, internships, conference fees and travel.
Instead of informing recipients by mail, Mercer endevors to pay surprise visits to the schools of them all to announce their awards. In Laue's case, the secret was well kept. "I don't think I've ever seen him more surprised," said Mrs. Laue.