Three Portland area grads honored with UO’s most generous merit scholarships

PORTLAND — The University of Oregon hosted an event at the UO in Portland’s White Stag Block to honor three recipients of the UO Stamps Scholarship, the most prestigious and generous merit award from the institution.

Hannah Steinkopf-Frank and Ruby O’Connor from Cleveland High School, and Alex Chang from Lake Oswego High School were celebrated at a “signing day event” along with their families, mentors, UO officials and the Oregon Duck mascot on June 10.

The Stamps Scholarship provides tuition, room and board, and access to an enrichment fund that will help students pursue study abroad, internships or other experiences. A total of 20 students—five per year for four years—will be awarded this merit-based scholarship by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation in partnership with the University of Oregon.  The UO is the only university in Oregon and one of 35 schools in the country to offer Stamps Scholarships.

In addition to financial support, students who receive Stamps Scholarships are automatically granted admission to the University of Oregon's Robert D. Clark Honors College.

“The University of Oregon is so proud of the incoming students who will receive the Stamps Scholarship,” said Roger Thompson, UO vice president for enrollment management. “Each individual has a stellar academic record as well as community service and out-of-classroom pursuits that should be celebrated and showcased for others to follow in their own ways.”

Hannah Steinkopf-Frank attends Cleveland High School and co-founded several clubs at her high school, including the rugby team, the Math Club, the Jewish Student Union, and the Visible Warriors Club. She participated in an exchange program in France, is a student leader at Outdoor School, and will graduate with an International Baccalaureate diploma. Her interest in playing musical instruments motivated her to plan and organize Breakout Sessions, a successful music festival.

Ruby O’Connor is the French Club president at Cleveland High School where she also participated in an exchange program in Turkey. In addition to being the principal second violin in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Ruby is an assistant counselor at the Tryon Creek Nature Day Camp.

Alex Chang is a high-achieving student at Lake Oswego High School, serves as the associated student body vice president and is a member of the National Honor Society. Alex worked for Oregon Health & Sciences University as a research intern and patient care volunteer. He moved to the U.S. from South Korea when he was in fifth grade and is an accomplished saxophone musician.

At the event, the scholars expressed appreciation for the opportunities ahead and excitement to become students at the UO.

“I want to say thank you to the University of Oregon,” said Chang.  “I’d also like to thank the Stamps Foundation for this great opportunity. I just can’t wait for the next four years.”

“I think what makes the University of Oregon stand out from others is that it really wants students to feel like they are a part of the campus community,” said Steinkopf-Frank.

“What I’m looking forward to most at the UO is being in the honors college and getting to experience the small class sizes. But I’m also looking forward to living in a bigger community too,” said O’Connor. “When I walked onto campus I felt so at home.”

The Portland area scholars join Candace Joyner from Pleasant Hill and Kaylee Tornay from Bend as the first five recipients of the UO Stamps Scholarships.

To encourage all incoming freshmen who have received the UO’s Presidential Scholarship, Diversity Excellence Scholarship and the Stamps Scholarship, Twitter hashtag #uosigningday2013 was created and students have been invited to share videos about being a UO Duck.

The videos and testimonials are featured on the UO Admissions website.

Julie Brown