Georgia Tech’s Stamps President’s Scholars Experience

Georgia Tech’s Stamps President’s Scholars Experience


– The Stamps President’s
Scholars experience is one in which we are trying
to develop our students somewhat within our program
but also extend them to develop further out in
the Georgia Tech community. We have, for example, four retreats. They each hit our four pillars. One is focused on scholarship, one on leadership, so on and so forth. We have lectures where we
often times are bringing in very popular leaders or scholars
to talk to our students. Ultimately that is all to
get them back out there into the community at Georgia Tech where there are a number
of other departments that do that a lot better than we do. That’s really what our
experience is about. We go a little bit further
within our program. Part of that is our enrichment grants. Enrichment grants are
given to the students so that they can go to a conference whether it’s academic
or it’s professional. They can study abroad and
learn about other cultures and that there are other
viewpoints out there besides just the American one. They can do research. They can engage in an internship. These are the things
that we provide that for. And it is a fundamental part of the SPS or the Stamps President’s
Scholars experience. So I’m often asked; what is the students’ favorite part of the experience? So we survey them. And highest percentage
answer easily is community. They are excited to join a
community of like-minded scholars that are interested in
impacting the world. They talk about how when they
first get to Georgia Tech before classes even start,
they go on a retreat they go on an outdoor
leadership expedition and they meet 39 other students. And they feel a sense of community of support but also challenge because we’re a part of
both of those things. And yet they come back to the idea that the community of scholars and
the faculty and administrators that are with them is what’s
ultimately their favorite. So a lot of people ask what are signs of success in your scholars what are you looking for to tell us that you made a good investment? We have to look at each
student sort of individually. Now there are certain
things that stand out. We’ve had two students
win a Rhodes scholarship in the past four years. That’s pretty phenomenal. We know that is a sign of success. But it could be that a
student went from raising $10,000 in a club at Georgia tech to help a local non-profit, to $20,000. It really does vary by what they’re about. The thing that we look for goes back to that pillar that we
talked about: Progress. Are they making a difference
from point A to point B? If they haven’t done that,
we haven’t seen success. But when we’ve seen that
they have achieved that it ultimately tells our
donors, it tells our program it tells our community at the University that we’ve made the investment that has yielded good dividends.

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