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Longwood student chosen an American Chemical Society Scholar

November 5, 2008

Jeramie Stamps

Longwood University junior Jeramie Stamps is one of 121 college students from across the country selected earlier this year as an American Chemical Society Scholar, a scholarship program for minority students who plan to pursue a chemistry career.

Stamps will receive $5,000 for the 2008-09 academic year, the maximum amount for juniors and seniors, and the scholarship will be renewed next year if he maintains a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0. He was one of about 640 applicants this spring for the scholarship, in its 14th year, which is the only scholarship offered by the American Chemical Society (ACS). A total of about 350 college students are currently in the program, to which high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors may apply.

The scholarship, according to the ACS web site, is for "underrepresented minority students who want to enter the fields of chemistry or chemistry-related fields" and is given to "qualified applicants based on academic standing, financial need, career objective, leadership skills, and involvement in school activities and community service." The scholarship will provide $2,500 this semester and $2,500 in the spring semester.

Stamps, 24, a chemistry major who plans to pursue a career in forensic science, is a non-traditional student from Ringgold in Pittsylvania County. He transferred to Longwood in spring 2008 from Danville Community College (DCC). After graduating from high school, he worked for a year, then joined the Marine Corps but was discharged early due to an injury. He is a member of Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemistry fraternity and the Chemistry Club.

Stamps learned of the scholarship from his chemistry professor at DCC, Dr. Paul Fox. He also was given information by a Longwood professor, Dr. Melissa Rhoten, associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry & Physics.