What makes these scholarships different from other university scholarship programs?

The University Honors Program invites its members to “Experience the Uncommon,” and our Signature Merit Awards rise to that challenge by providing distinctive programming, personalized attention, and curated experiences. 

Small cohorts of 11 scholars allow for meaningful connections between students, providing a “small school” experience at a top-ranked research 1 university. Interdisciplinary summer enrichment activities push students to study outside of their declared majors, developing cultural competencies and leadership capacity across fields. The Honors Program’s team of nationally recognized advisors ensure individual scholars have access to the resources they need for success. 

Scholars will:

  • Hike through a cloud forest to view one of the largest volcanic craters in the world.
  • Sea kayak off the coast of Maine with trained outdoor guides.
  • Register early for classes throughout their undergraduate career.
  • Sample biltong and bobotie at a traditional South African braai.
  • Enroll in an Honors Professional Development seminar designed for scholar leaders.
  • Conduct field research in a variety of Costa Rican ecological zones.
  • Have a team of experienced advisors, faculty, and staff available to support their academic and pre-professional needs.
  • Study cultural preservation while visiting Inca and pre-Inca sites in the Sacred Valley.
  • Earn a semesterly cash stipend ($3000) which can be used for living expenses or to fund experiential learning.
  • Leave UF with lifelong friends with whom they have shared transformative experiences.

"Scholars and faculty outside of Ccorca, Peru. May 2022."



John V. Lombardi, one of the University of Florida's most charismatic and popular presidents, led the university during the 1990s, a period of unprecedented achievement and growth. His visionary leadership and indomitable spirit instilled in students, faculty and alumni an aspiration to fulfill their greatest potential. During his tenure, the size and quality of the student body grew to even higher levels, faculty productivity increased, national rankings steadily improved, research funding doubled, and the university's endowment soared to almost $500 million. By the turn of the century, the university had ascended to the top tier of public research universities - a testament to the legacy of John V. Lombardi. The Scholarship was established in 2002 to honor Dr. Lombardi and his achievements at UF.


The University of Florida partners with the Stamps Scholars Program to award multi-year scholarships to help driven and talented student leaders achieve their education and life goals. Stamps Scholars pursue their educational interests while developing their leadership skills with merit based financial aid including enrichment funds that can be used for study abroad, cultural exchanges, research projects and other educational experiences. Stamps Scholars also join a community of more than 1370 current and graduate Scholars around the world with whom they network and share their experiences.

Learn more on the Stamps Scholars Program website.


Read about our current Scholars here.


Summer Enrichment

Scholars travel together in cohorts of one or two classes, building relationships within the UF Scholars community. These trips are critically important to encouraging reflection and developing cultural competence, skills that build leadership capacity and prepare Scholars to be leaders in their fields.

Class of 2028 Scholars are expected to participate in the following summer enrichment experiences:

  • Hurricane Island Outward Bound School (July 30 - August 6, 2024)
  • Scholars in Costa Rica (May 2025; before second year of study)
  • Scholars in Peru (May 2026; before third year of study)
  • Scholars in South Africa (May 2027; before fourth year of study)

 Summer enrichment experiences are mandatory.


Scholars come together at formal and informal Scholar events throughout the academic year, including welcome and graduation receptions with Honors Program faculty and UF administration. As members of the UF Honors Program, all Scholars enjoy the benefits of interacting with other top undergraduate students at UF and participating in a community of scholars and servant-leaders. 


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