The collaborative spirit of “giving back” is a hallmark of the Stamps Eminence Scholarship Program. Stamps Scholars contribute to the campus and local community through the development of a class service initiative.
This unique cohort-based service project fosters a collective effort at addressing a community issue or problem that is identified by the students themselves. This model breeds social entrepreneurship allowing each Stamps Scholar to contribute their own unique talents to the project. The potential to make significant change, learn the valuable skills of compromise and collaboration as well as develop leadership skills within a strong community of leaders is evident.
Current Class Projects
Class of 2024: ProjectPEER
Class of 2025: The Main Menu Project
Class of 2026: EcoSpace 2.0
Alumni Class Projects
Class of 2023: Cultivate Columbus
Cultivate Columbus has a mission to promote sustainable practices, nourish communities, and enhance food security.
Cultivate Columbus connects sustainable organizations in the community with OSU students that can support their projects and support sustainability education efforts by partnering with local schools. Cultivate Columbus also runs community gardens to help grow nutritious produce and teach others about cultivating their own gardens.
Vocalize Columbus is a local 501(c)(3) aiming to improve health outcomes and patient experience for limited English proficiency (LEP) individuals. Studies have shown that LEP individuals are more financially vulnerable than the average American, affecting their access to quality healthcare. Tens of thousands of LEP individuals live in the Columbus area, many of whom rely on free or charitable clinics that cannot adequately provide for their linguistic needs due to financial constraints. The language barrier hinders effective caregiver-patient communication, negatively impacting health outcomes and medication compliance while causing other health disparities. Vocalize Columbus aims to alleviate this issue by remotely connecting volunteer medical interpreters with free clinics in need through our telehealth platform. To impact as many patients and clinics as possible, Vocalize Columbus is partnered with the Charitable Healthcare Network, the Columbus Cancer Clinic, La Clinica Latina, Modgility, Us Together, and the Ohio Commission for Hispanic/Latino Affairs. Please visit https://vocalizecolumbus.org to learn more!