The USAFA Endowment has partnered with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation to create the Stamps Leadership Scholars Program at the Air Force Academy. The program recognizes and rewards exceptional cadets with the opportunity to participate in national and international leadership development programs, pursue undergraduate research, and attend academic or co-curricular conferences. Our partnership offsets the financial requirements of the programmatic opportunities given to cadets.
Leadership Scholars are nominated from the top 5 percent of academic performers in their class and known by their peers, professors, and trainers for exceptional leadership qualities. Cadets that participate in the Stamps Leadership Scholars Program are even better prepared to compete for some of the world's most elite graduate scholarships and to lead our Air Force and our nation. As these cadets have the opportunities to build their academic and leadership experience, they bring these experiences back to the entire Cadet Wing. We strongly believe the continued funding for the Leadership Scholars Program strengthens the Academy’s mission of building leaders of character.
For the past two years, the Stamps Leadership Scholars Program has provided cadets with the opportunity to grow as leaders and pursue various areas of interest. The recently selected leader scholars have chosen to focus on the following: Women in Math & Computer Science, Providing Affordable Water Worldwide, Forced Migration and Refugee Crisis, and Development in Africa. Previous Stamps Leadership Scholars at the United States Air Force Academy spent time studying Human Trafficking, ISIS and Islamic culture, interning at the United States Southern Command, and teaching English to refugees in Jordan.
Through the generous support of the Stamps Family Foundation, the Dakota Foundation, and this fundraising initiative, every Stamps Leadership Scholar will be provided a hands-on opportunity to learn in an academic area of interest, hone their leadership skills, and lead the Cadet Wing, the Air Force, and the nation.