Jamaica’s Rebecca Lampert has been awarded a Stamps Scholarship to attend Barry University in the United States.
Lampert, who hails from Kingston, is the first female Jamaican and only the second person from the island to receive the prestigious scholarship. Selected from over 263,000 applications, the 15th class of Stamps Scholars was chosen via rigorous processes by their universities and colleges for their academic excellence, leadership experience, dedication to service, and exceptional character.
A graduate of Hillel Academy, Lampert is passionate about baking and public service.
Lampert is a former youth mayor, a position she ascended to after first serving as junior councillor and project manager within the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC). There she was able to develop her leadership skills.
Lampert is a former youth mayor in the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation.
Following her high school graduation, she applied to her mother’s alma mater, Barry University and was promoted to apply for the Stamps scholarship because, according to her, it seemed “a natural fit”.
The Stamps Scholarship focuses on leadership and service, very similar to Lampert’s experience as a youth mayor.
The vetting process took several months following her acceptance to Barry to study Business Management. In addition to the formal application, the process required a written and video essay, multiple interviews and input from several references.
When she received the email confirming her as the first female Jamaican to be awarded the scholarship, she was at a loss for words.
“Excited. Overjoyed. Blessed. None of them truly captured how I felt,” the young awardee explained.
She looks forward to meeting other scholarship recipients and expects that being a Stamps Scholar will allow her to “grow as a leader, be more globally aware and make lifelong connections with like-minded individuals.”
Once she graduates from Barry University, Lampert plans to pursue her dual passion to open a bakery and continue offering herself in public service.
At most partner universities, the Stamps Scholarship covers up to the total estimated cost of attendance for four years of undergraduate study and also includes enrichment funds that Scholars can use for academic and professional development, ranging from study abroad to internships to independent research.