Stamps Banneker/Key Scholars at University of Maryland
The Banneker/Key Scholarship Program at University of Maryland is pleased to partner with the Stamps Charitable Foundation to offer the Stamps Banneker/Key Scholarship to a very select group of Banneker/Key Scholars.
The Stamps Banneker/Key Scholars join a select group of approximately 400 students from across the nation supported by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation and are also part of the Stamps Banneker/Key Scholarship Program at University of Maryland.
Each of these students has been awarded a full merit scholarship that covers the entire cost of tuition, room, board, and a book allowance each year for four years of undergraduate study. The Stamps Banneker/Key Scholarship also provides up to $5000 per student to be used for research opportunities, internship experiences, travel to professional meetings to present, study abroad, or other student-initiated learning opportunities approved on a case-by-case basis.
The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, Inc. gives grants to its partner colleges and universities to support student scholarships and fellowships. For more information about the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation -»
Meet the Stamps Banneker/Key Scholars
Aayush Thapa was one of the top graduates from Watkins Mill High School in Montgomery County in spring 2013. He will study Engineering and is a member of the Gemstone Program at Maryland. In high school, he co-founded and was secretary for The Red Thread Movement, a club that helps in the rehabilitation of sex-trafficked girls and women of Nepal by raising funds. He was also captain of the Math Team. Aayush’s hobbies include playing Cricket and Table Tennis and painting.
Matt Balfour was a top graduate from Winston Churchill High School in Montgomery County in spring 2013. Passionate about creative and performing arts, Matt will study Theatre at Maryland and is member of the University Honors Program in the Honors College. As an advanced student in mathematics and sciences Matt is well positioned to take advantage of all that a large research university has to offer.
Nadia Abutaleb, graduated as a leader in her senior class in spring 2012 from Poolesville High School in Montgomery County, MD, plans to study bioengineering at Maryland and is a member of the University Honors Program in the Honors College. Nadia is part of the National Honors Society at her school and the National Society of High School Scholars. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, spending time with her family and friends, playing sports, and participating in community service.
Autusa Pahlavan graduated in the top 1% of her class from Winston Churchill High School in Montgomery County in spring 2012. She plans to study biological sciences in college and has been accepted to the Gemstone Program in the Honors College. Autusa is very active in the Iranian-American community, teaching at a Persian school and volunteering to raise money for the impoverished of Iran. Some of her hobbies include playing soccer and backgammon, reading, and learning languages.
Emily Ruppel was number one in her class at Loch Raven High School in Baltimore County where she was an award-winning scholar athlete (cross-country). She is planning to study engineering at University of Maryland and has been accepted to the Gemstone Program in the Honors College. In high school, she was President of the Math Honor Society and served as Secretary of the Class of 2012. Emily was active in instrumental music in the marching, pit orchestra, and the symphonic winds of Loch Raven and the Baltimore County Honors Ensembles.