Frequently Asked Questions about the Lombardi Scholarships and Stamps Scholarships
About the Application
- When are applications due?
The online portion of the application must be submitted by 11:59pm, December 1, 2020. Nomination materials must be postmarked or emailed by the same date.
- When can I apply for these Scholarship Programs?
High school seniors or recent graduates that have not matriculated at a post-secondary institution since graduation may apply. Applicants must be available to begin matriculating to the University of Florida as part of the UF in Merida study abroad program in the summer B term, 2021. Applications will be available by October 1, 2020.
- Do I need to apply to the Honors Program?
Application and admission to the Honors Program is an eligibility requirement. Students who did not submit Honors essays as part of their UF application for admission are not eligible for the Lombardi or Stamps Scholarships.
- How are candidates selected?
Each nominee is subjected to a rigorous review process. Following an initial review of the application and nomination materials, selected candidates will be invited to a telephone conversation with a current Lombardi or Stamps Scholar during the week of March 9 - 13. Honors Program faculty and staff will then select 22 candidates for invitation to a mandatory on-campus interview on March 28, 2020 with a faculty committee on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida.
- When/how will I know if I advanced?
Nominees will be contacted via email after UF and Honors Program admissions decisions are released on February 28, 2020. Invitations to mandatory on-campus interviews will also be delivered via email no later than 5pm Monday, March 16. Following the in-person interviews on March 28, Finalists will be notified by telephone of their status as a Scholar, Alternate, or non-select.
About the Scholarship
- What is the difference between a Lombardi Scholar and a Stamps Scholar?
The Lombardi Scholarship was established in 2002 to honor past UF president John V. Lombardi. Stamps Scholars are funded by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, Inc. and are participate in the biennial Stamps Conference and other cohort-building activities as part of the national Stamps Scholar network. Lombardi Scholars and Stamps scholars are held to the same rigorous standards and participate in the summer enrichment programs together.
- How do the summer enrichment trips work?
During the summer semester preceding each school year, students embark on a enrichment trip to broaden their worldview through stimulating experiences at home or abroad.
There are currently 4 trips. Note: trips 3 and 4 combine the upperclassman scholar cohorts and alternate yearly. These trips are subject to change.
1) Merida, Mexico (before first year)
2) Outward Bound, USA (before second year)
3) Cuzco, Peru (before third year)
4) South Africa (before fourth year)
- Do I have to go on the summer trips?
Enrichment trips are mandatory and are an essential component of the Lombardi & Stamps Programs.
- Will I be paying for my trips?
All planned activities (including along with meals, travel, and lodging) are covered by the this scholarship. However, if you would like to make any extra purchases or modify your travel plans you will likely need to cover additional costs yourself.
- What are the tangible benefits of the scholarship?
Lombardi Scholars and Stamps Scholars receive a semester stipend of $2700 each fall and spring for eight semesters or until the student earns an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. In addition, the scholarships fully fund four summer enrichment experiences: three international study abroad programs led by UF faculty and a weeklong leadership expedition in the United States led by Outward Bound professional guides.
Summer enrichment is a cohort experience, allowing students to learn together and engage one another around topics including human impact on environments, international development, human rights, and more. The cohort structure affords students access to a community of peers and faculty across the UF campus.
Scholars receive early registration for courses throughout their undergraduate career are all members of the UF Honors Program and therefore enjoy the benefits provided to that population.