Learn more about our current Lombardi and Stamps Scholars

Class of 2026


The John V. Lombardi Scholarship was established in 2002 to honor Dr. Lombardi, a former UF president whose leadership and spirit played a significant role in the University’s ascension to the top tier of public research universities. This is the twentieth class of Lombardi Scholars in the program’s history at UF.

Andrew Dixon, Lincoln County High School – Fayetteville, TN

Major: Finance
Heavener School of Business

“I am most excited about being surrounded by a community of students that all build each other up and support one another in our own endeavors. Finding my people and making memories that will last forever are two of my main goals while at UF.”

Sarah Goldberg, American Heritage School - Plantation, FL

Major: Public Health
Public Health and Health Professions

“One of my priorities when choosing a university was access to study abroad opportunities. This scholarship will allow me to do it with people who care about learning just as much as I do.”

Paul Grau, Jr., Flagler Palm Coast High School – Palm Coast, FL

Major: Computer Science
Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

“I hope to combine what I learn through The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering’s Computer Science program with my own musical experience to discover new ways to digitally produce and manipulate sound. Outside of that, I'm also passionate about open-source software and plan to contribute back to the body of work that inspired me to pursue Computer Science in the first place. Hopefully, the research that I do through the URSP can help to achieve that goal.”


Vincent Lam, Olympic Heights Community High School – Boca Raton, FL

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

“I intend to participate in the research of educational systems and methods in order to utilize education as a means to combat the inequality of opportunity for the impoverished and underprivileged. My passion for optimization in engineering translates to my aspiration of making quality education more feasible and accessible to those less privileged.”

Natalia Lopez,  Gulliver Preparatory School – Pinecrest, FL

Major: Political Science
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

“I thrive outside of my comfort zone when it comes to my education. Being a part of both the UF Honors Program and the John V. Lombardi Program gives me the opportunity to engage in academically rigorous courses, while being surrounded by other highly motivated students who will push me to strive for more and maximize my education. The “small school” feel at such a large institution offers me experiences that will allow me to develop skills to distinguish myself in the professional world.”

Owen McCool, Edmond Memorial High School – Edmond, OK

Major: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Agricultural and Life Sciences

“I plan to conduct research in the field of wildlife ecology and conservation. I am passionate about herpetology and have a specific interest in protecting species affected by human development. I enjoy being outside and am eager to participate in field work in the UF in Merida study abroad program.”

Jaïm Steele, MAST Academy – Miami, FL

Major: Exploring Social and Behavioral Sciences

Liberal Arts and Sciences

“The community of people was one of the biggest draws for this scholarship program. When I was interviewing for the John V. Lombardi Scholarship, I found a community of some of the most humble, intelligent, and all-around fascinating people I have ever met. The prospect of living and learning with those same people, and people like them is so exciting it is hard to put into words”


Primrose Tanachaiwiwat , Boca Raton Community High School – Boca Raton, FL

Major: Biology
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

“I love to paint and am excited to continue my artistic endeavors at UF. Working on my portfolio this year for AP Drawing has shown me how clarifying and cathartic artistic expression can be.”



The University of Florida partners with the Stamps Scholars Program to award multi-year scholarships to driven and talented student leaders. Stamps Scholars join a community of students and alumni from around the world with whom they network and share experiences. This is the eleventh class of Stamps Scholars in the program’s history at UF.

Kate Bass, Vanguard High School – Ocala, FL

Major: Biology
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

“The tight-knit community is the most appealing aspect of the UF Stamps Scholars Program. I will have a group of diverse and interesting individuals, each pursuing their own goals, as a close group of colleagues and friends to take on the world with. I am absolutely thrilled to meet and work with all of the other scholars and faculty at UF!”

Iona Brooks, Lake Mary Preparatory School – Lake Mary, FL

Major: Business Administration-General Studies
Heavener School of Business

“I really wanted a smaller community within such a large school, as well as access to more opportunities to challenge myself and go outside of my comfort zone. The UF Stamps Scholars Program exemplifies so many of my key values and goals, such as being able to expand my horizons via travel and the opportunity to engage with people of diverse perspectives, views, and experiences.”

Nishant Nagururu, Strawberry Crest High School  - Dover, FL

Major: Computer Science
Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

“An activity that I currently pursue is FTC Robotics. This activity is significant for me because it exposed me to engineering and developed my love for computer science. I will definitely continue robotics in some manner at UF because I love how I can apply my ingenuity and problem-solving in programming to effect real changes in my environment through robotics. I also really enjoy teaching kids about robotics because it truly changed my life and it's thrilling to potentially open doors for others.”

Class of 2025


The John V. Lombardi Scholarship was established in 2002 to honor Dr. Lombardi, a former UF president whose leadership and spirit played a significant role in the University’s ascension to the top tier of public research universities. This is the twentieth class of Lombardi Scholars in the program’s history at UF.


Major: Finance
Heavener School of Business
Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

“With visions of increasing the prominence of women in politics, I served on the executive board for the international organization Women in Model United Nations as Chapter Organizer. I was active on the Varsity Swim Team and was also my school’s first female wrestler.”


Major: Exploring Social & Behavioral Sciences
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

“I made history as one of the first youth delegates to vote at our diocesan convention. I’ve conducted research concerning Roman sexual ethics, the mathematics of artistic canons, film renditions of Ovid’s Pygmalion and more.” 


Major: Political Science
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

“I’m invested in the wellbeing and happenings of my community. My goal is to start an organization to provide fair legal representation for the impoverished and to serve in government, fighting on the behalf of ordinary working Americans.”


Major: Sustainability Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

“My passion for human rights and international relations began when I lived through the 2014 Euromaidan Revolution in Kyiv, Ukraine. In summer 2019, I traveled to Finland on a Rotary exchange, and during the fall, I hosted a German exchange student through the German-American Partnership Program.”


Major: Data Science
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

“I have conducted two independent research projects, one of which—regarding the learned ability of gender recognition based on voice frequency—was published in a local journal of science. In the future, I hope to work in the field of research, business, technical development or law.”  

Major: Finance
Heavener School of Business
Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

“I am very passionate about the issue of inequity as it pertains to education and its consequent economic outcomes, especially for women and minorities. This was my impetus for getting involved with GirlsGotSTEAM, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that focuses on empowering girls and underprivileged youth to enhance interest in STEAM fields.”


Major: Biological Engineering, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

“Born and raised in Florida, my love for the outdoors influences every action that I take. Fascinated by algae, my self-directed research on diatoms and my epiphyton research through the Young Scholars Program encouraged me to merge biology with engineering in hopes of tackling the climate crisis.”


The University of Florida partners with the Stamps Scholars Program to award multi-year scholarships to driven and talented student leaders. Stamps Scholars join a community of students and alumni from around the world with whom they network and share experiences. This is the eleventh class of Stamps Scholars in the program’s history at UF.


Major: Economics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

“I have served in various leadership roles from team captain of my high school varsity basketball team (when we won the District Championship Title) to student leader within high school groups like CRU and Black Leaders of Tomorrow. I plan to pursue a PhD in Economics and hope to own a brokerage firm.”


Major: Nursing, College of Nursing

“I hope to utilize my experience and story to dismantle communication barriers among healthcare workers and patients who are culturally divergent—especially those who identify as members of the LGBTQ community, and Vietnamese immigrants.”


Major: Physics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

“I have always been deeply fascinated with the most fundamental questions about our universe, so I intend to double major in physics and philosophy at UF. I also enjoy outdoor adventures of all kinds—I scuba dive, run cross country, and have even solo-flown a Cessna-172 through the Civil Air Patrol.”

Class of 2024


The John V. Lombardi Scholarship was established in 2002 to honor Dr. Lombardi, a former UF president whose leadership and spirit played a significant role in the University’s ascension to the top tier of public research universities.

Graham Linehan

Cardinal Mooney High School

“I have been an intern at Mote Marine Laboratory, a marine biology research institute, for the past four years and have conducted research in the spotted eagle ray and crustacean departments alongside senior biologists. Additionally, I volunteer in a local middle school helping kids learn English and Spanish.”

Arman Mahmood

William T. McFatter Technical High School

“The culturally diverse locale of Ft. Lauderdale exposed me to the importance of diversity and inclusion as the key to success; a breadth of ideas and perspectives contributes to a continually improving system. I plan to attend medical school to become a physician and work in the field of global health, a vocation that I find to have the most noticeable and widespread impact on the well-being of humanity.”


Shreya Mathur

Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School

“My passion for serving people in need has led me to dedicate over 300 hours to the Humane Society, Feeding Tampa Bay, and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful. It also led me to invent and eventually patent a massager attachment, known as the StressMaster, which won second place in the Florida Invention Convention against 7,000 other inventions.” 

Serra Sowers

Seminole High School

“Combining my commitment to the arts and passion for developing others, I founded Seminole’s Got Talent: a club showcasing student performers in a judgment-free program to build confidence and raise money for arts scholarships. Off-campus, I volunteer with the Marine Discovery Center as a camp counselor and with the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts as a Teen Ambassador.”


Madigan Wilford

Braden River High School

“I am the president and founder of Students Stand Up, a club dedicated to nonpartisan political education and the development of skills such as public speaking, research, and debating. Most recently, Students Stand Up organized a Ballot Breakdown for the Florida presidential primary election.”


Mia Bieringer

Viera High School

Originally from Yeonggwang, South Korea, I moved to the United States at the age of nine. Throughout high school, I performed regularly with the chamber music program “Quartet Movement,” Brevard All-County Orchestras, and the Space Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra, where I sit as principal second violinist and concertmaster.”


Sophia De La Cruz

Harrison School for the Arts

“I founded Girls Here and There, an international literacy and empowerment mentorship program for girls. After pitching my idea at the Youth Impact Forum in New York City, I formed partnerships in Zimbabwe and Dominican Republic. I’ve participated in the 2019 National Security Language Initiative for Youth Russian program, joined Sister Cities and was invited to participate in a Bulgarian exchange.”

Alan Halaly

Deerfield Beach High School

“I am on the executive board of a youth-led and South Florida-based organization called The Safe Sex Project. It was created by a group of my peers and is centered around advocating for comprehensive and inclusive sex education in schools, hosting large-scale panel events at universities throughout South Florida as well as creating online programming about sexual health via social media.”


The University of Florida partners with the Stamps Scholars Program to award multi-year scholarships to driven and talented student leaders. Stamps Scholars join a community of students and alumni from around the world with whom they network and share experiences.

Sihini Atalugama

Land O’ Lakes High

“Bright Light is my nonprofit organization that connects impoverished students in Sri Lanka to sponsors so they may stay in school, rather than enter child marriages or the workforce to support their families. Despite the technical struggles of facilitating communication between people in the US and Sri Lanka, I have kept in contact with the students and their sponsors and provided student letters/reports.” 


Kylie Fernandez

Pembroke Pines Charter High School

“As the Captain of my school’s Speech and Debate Team, I regularly hold practices for our novice members and judge at after school tournaments. I recently qualified for and competed in the Florida State Debate Tournament and have also begun extending our team to the middle and elementary schools in the area.”


Mateusz Plaza

Palm Harbor University High School

“Born in Poland, I started school in the United States speaking no English. Today, I’m an IB student and some days I spend more time at the robotics club than in class. I’ve been a head programmer four times, a team captain as an underclassman, a 3-time world championship qualifier, and winner of the 2019 FIRST Tech Challenge world championship.” 

Class of 2023


Caroline Davidson recently graduated from Ponta Vedra High School in Ponta Vedra Beach, Florida. She has been recognized as a National AP Scholar, Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award Recipient, and Yale Book Award Scholar. She was the founder and president of GEMS- Girls Empowered by Math & Science, a program that addresses the barriers minority women face in STEM-based careers by introducing young girls to science projects and STEM female mentors. Caroline received the “Teens in Action” scholarship at Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen for her work spreading GEMS through the MAYO Clinic, Girls Inc., NASA’s YoGA Board and the official Girls in STEM Blog. She is a ten-year National Federation of Music pianist and was the President of the St. Johns NFMC Youth Council, the choreography and competition officer for her school’s dance team, and a six-year member of the elite Atlantic Coast Dance Studio company team. She has also served as PVHS’s freshman council member, sophomore class secretary, junior class president, and district SAC board member. Caroline is a UF Undergraduate Research Scholar and plans to pursue a degree in neuroscience with a minor in nutrition.

Ann Marie Derias is a recent graduate from the IB Program at Vanguard High School in Ocala, Florida where she served as Student Body President. An IB Ambassador, she mentored underclassmen and received the AP Scholar with Distinction Award. Ann was President of Debate Club, competed in the Florida Forensics Speech and Debate Competition, and was named Marion County Great Debate Competition Champion. She enjoys engaging in her community through her involvement in Youth United Way and as Treasurer of its Executive Board. Her leadership experience also includes serving as a Student Regent on the Marion County Chambers and Economic Partners Board as part of the Leadership Ocala/Marion Youth program, and Vanguard High School’s representative at the HOBY Leadership Seminar where she received the HOBY Presidential Volunteer Service Award. As an Egyptian-American and a Coptic Orthodox Christian, Ann frequently visits Egypt and volunteers at the Suez Christian Orphanage. In her spare time, she engages in activities that are important to her, including being a part of the Varsity Soccer team and expressing her creativity through music by playing piano, singing, and writing spoken word poetry. She plans to major in psychology and complete the Music in Medicine Certificate at the University of Florida.

Jacob Ferris is a recent graduate from Pensacola High School’s International Baccalaureate Program in Pensacola, Florida. An AP Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Commended Scholar, Jacob enjoys athletics and was Varsity captain of both the swim and soccer teams. His achievements in soccer were recognized through MVP and Players’ Choice awards and selection to the regional All-Star team where he was honored as a Scholar Athlete. Jacob was Treasurer for the National Honor Society (NHS) and an active member in other honor societies and clubs at his school. After many years as a Boy Scout, he earned the highest level possible, becoming an Eagle Scout. His active outdoor lifestyle has made him environmentally conscious; he started his own non-profit organization, Gulf Coast Environmental Coalition, to encourage young adults in his community to become more involved in the environment. The coalition has removed over 1,900 pounds of trash and 1.5 miles of monofilament fishing line from the environment, and regularly conduct educational talks to local student groups. Jacob is looking forward to studying environmental science at the University of Florida.

Paul Leon is a recent graduate from the Cambridge Program at Pasco High School in Dade City, FL where he served as the Student Council Executive Board President. Paul has been awarded the Cambridge Diploma with Merit and earned the “Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards USA 2018” accolade. He also served as the Vice President of the Cambridge Ambassadors, actively participated in other school clubs, was a member of the Varsity Basketball Team, and captain of the Varsity Swim Team. An active member in his community, Paul serves as the Vice Chairman of the Dade City Mayor’s Youth Council, represented Dade City at the Florida League of Cities Conference, and has earned the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award. He represented his school at the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Seminar, the Pasco County Student Leadership Congress, and State Competition for Future Business Leaders of America. Paul plans to major in mechanical engineering with a minor in business and pursue research in alternative energy.

Kimberly Mace is a National Merit Finalist, AP Scholar with Distinction, and a recent graduate from the International Baccalaureate Math, Science, and Engineering programs at Suncoast High School in Riviera Beach, Florida. During her time in high school, she served as the president and founder of a 4H Chapter, secretary of the school’s UNICEFclub (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund), and a Key Club member who organized a recycling program. She also represented her school’s board at the statewide District Education and Leadership Conference. Kimberly spent three semesters in the Florida Atlantic University Pine Jog Fellowship, a service-learning internship focused on environmental education and stewardship; as a result of this experience, she implemented native plant landscaping in her school’s courtyard, and founded an Earth Club and composting program at a local Title I elementary school. Kimberly also serves as a leader on annual mission trips and six-week youth ministry training programs in her church. To support her goals of developing economically and environmentally sustainable housing and creating environmental mentorship programs for youth in urban areas, she plans to major in architecture and minor in Spanish.

Brody Mandelbaum is a recent graduate from Fernandina Beach High School in Fernandina Beach, Florida where his main involvements were centered around the Future Business Leaders of America, the largest business-oriented student organization in the world. On the national level, Brody served as the National Director of Financial Education, developing the financial literacy curriculum for the more than 250,000 members in the organization. Brody chose to serve in this position because of his strong belief that financial literacy can be the key to breaking the socioeconomic cycles of poverty. On the state level, he served as an elected Florida State Vice President and assisted in managing the second largest state in FBLA. Beyond FBLA, Brody is an avid traveler and has been to 49 US States and 13 Canadian Provinces & Territories. This year he spent spring break in Cuba where he worked to aid the local community and economy; as part of his travels, he stayed with local families, donated time and supplies to communities in need, and visited the Universidad de La Habana where he met with finance students to better understand the Cuban economic system and its respective microeconomies. Brody plans to major in finance and public policy with a minor in sustainability.

Nicholas Mesa is a National Hispanic Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction who recently graduated from Coral Reef Senior High School in Miami, Florida. Nicholas served as president of the NAF Distinguished Coral Reef Academy of Finance and its National Business Honor Society, spearheading financial literacy throughout his school while initiating year-round community service projects. In addition, he served as the Executive Vice President of the nation’s second largest Future Business Leaders of America chapter, competing at the district and state level. One of his projects, a partnership with the Miami Book Fair, resulted in the collection of an estimated 3,000 books for at-risk children in the community and led to his nomination for the prestigious Miami Herald Silver Knight Award. Out of the classroom, Nicholas completed an eight-week summer internship at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and served on the Miami Dade County Youth Commission. Nicholas plans to study international relations and political science with the aspiration of entering the field of domestic and international politics.

Grace Parker is a recent graduate from Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne, Florida where she served as the Senior Class Secretary, Captain of the Color Guard, and Band Captain. Grace received her Cambridge AICE Diploma with Distinction and ran on the varsity Cross Country team her senior year. Training for five years as a competitive rock climber, she qualified for and competed in the Youth Sport Nationals in 2016 and 2017. Grace is also the president and co-founder of a non-profit organization called Take Hold which uses rock climbing as a vehicle to strengthen the physical and cognitive capabilities of adolescents with disabilities, and encourage socialization in a safe setting. Grace attended the Best Buddies Leadership Conference in the summer of 2018 and helped oversee the Eau Gallie High School Best Buddies chapter as its Vice President. Aspiring to attend medical school and become a psychiatrist, Grace plans to major in psychology and pursue experiences in researching autism at UF.


Shruti Labh is a recent graduate from Lyman High School in Longwood, Florida where she served as president of Girls Who Code and CyberPatriot. She is also a two-time world finalist for both the Odyssey of the Mind and FIRST Robotics competitions. Last summer she participated in a summer program where she conducted quantum mechanics research. In her leisure time, she enjoys playing the flute. Shruti plans to pursue her interests in physics and computer science and a minor in music performance at the University of Florida.

Cassidy O’Neill is a recent graduate from the Cambridge program at Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Florida, where she played varsity volleyball, represented her school in musical theatre at the state level, and was named a National Merit Commended and AP Scholar. A fluent Spanish speaker, she served as the regional recruiter and group leader for AYUDA, a youth-led non-profit organization that provides education for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes in the Dominican Republic. O’Neill earned the Presidential Service Award for dedicating over 1000 hours of community service to diabetes advocacy and education efforts. She is a past delegate to the American Diabetes Association’s Call to Congress and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Children’s Congress; in this capacity she met with local, state, and federal legislators and private sector leaders to highlight the challenges faced by people with diabetes. She plans to major in political science and ultimately pursue a career in legal advocacy around public health issues.

Chase Whitfield is a recent graduate from Harmony High School in Harmony, Florida where he served as student body president, student leader at his church, a member of Technology Student Association actively collaborating on a senior prototype project, and as a three-sport Varsity athlete and captain of the Football and Volleyball teams. He has received awards and recognitions such as National Merit finalist, AP + Project Lead the Way Scholar, 2- time national qualifier in coding, and Student Athlete Community Service Award by accumulating over 500 community service hours. An accomplished athlete, he was ranked 40th nationally as a long-snapper in football and has been a two-time regional qualifier for weightlifting. He is a future student-athlete at UF where he will play on the University’s football team while looking to dedicate the rest of his efforts toward exploring the expansive options the university provides through strong community, clubs, and professors who can help him maximize his academic potential. To optimize current medications and develop new ones, Chase’s goal is to create algorithms to find ideal chemicals and bonds that have properties that can best fight illnesses. He plans to major in computer science while minoring in chemistry to support this endeavor.

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