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Stamps School Giv­ing Priorities

Together, we can ensure that the Stamps School will always be a place where cre­ative pas­sions are ignited, where tal­ented stu­dents are empow­ered by excep­tional fac­ulty and where work­ing across dis­ci­plines illu­mi­nates inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to new knowl­edge and global prob­lems. Now more than ever, the world needs our trans­dis­ci­pli­nary col­lab­o­ra­tors, global cit­i­zens, and artists and design­ers who will make a difference.

Join us in our com­mit­ment to the artists and design­ers of tomor­row by sup­port­ing these strate­gic pri­or­i­ties to advance our mis­sion of pre­paring stu­dents to think in new ways, to edu­cate them to become con­cerned world cit­i­zens, and to equip them with the skills for life-long accomplishment.

Stu­dent Support

Ensur­ing suf­fi­cient finan­cial sup­port for our stu­dents in the form of schol­ar­ships, inter­na­tional travel grants, emer­gency funds and career devel­op­ment opportunities.

Stamps scholarship recipients speak about their passion for art and the power of faculty mentorship.
  • Student Scholarship

    The Alumni and Friends Scholarship Fund provides an opportunity for donors to have an immediate impact on student support. Students who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance or exceptional creative potential as evidenced by their portfolios can receive scholarships to lessen financial burdens of a college education.

  • The Big Idea Award: Penny W. Stamps Tribute Fund

    In December of 2018, our school’s namesake and friend, Penny W. Stamps, passed away after a battle with cancer. A proud University of Michigan alumna (BS.Des. ’66), arts advocate, and leader, Penny’s legacy lives on in the research and creative practice that happens every day at the Stamps School of Art & Design. Join us in celebrating Penny's life and legacy through a gift to the Penny W. Stamps Tribute Fund: this fund supports the Big Idea Award, which provides one Stamps senior funding to help launch a major, ambitious project after graduation.

  • Emergency Funding

    The Stamps Student Emergency Fund allows us to help art & design students who encounter unexpected emergencies during their degree program and those who are feeling the financial impacts of COVID-19. Whether it's to cover costs associated with housing, emergency travel, food expenses, technology access, medical and dental expenses, or other one-time unanticipated expenses, this fund helps our students in their greatest times of need.

  • International Experience

    “Becoming an artist/designer is about altering your perspective. It’s also about understanding the context of your creative work in relation to the world around you. There’s no better way to learn this than immersing yourself in another culture.”
    - Sandra Wiley, Director of International Study Programs

    The Stamps School is the only unit at the University that requires students to participate in an international experience. The International Initiatives Fund helps defray the cost of international travel by providing need-based travel, passport, and accommodations support to ensure all students can access this curricular requirement.

  • Career Development

    The School’s number one priority is to guarantee that the most capable and talented students are able to study, succeed, and acquire lifelong knowledge and skills that will prepare them for their life’s work. Personalized ongoing career counseling helps Stamps students identify opportunities, connect with alumni in the industry and get the experiences they need to build meaningful careers. The Opportunity Fund provides awards and grants to students to give them further their preparation and internship stipends to help them translate their creativity into meaningful and rewarding careers.

Diver­sity, Equity and Inclu­sion Initiatives

The Stamps Diver­sity, Equity, and Inclu­sion Fund pro­vides fund­ing to stu­dents enrolled in any Stamps pro­gram to sup­port them in pro­fes­sional and per­sonal devel­op­ment related to diver­sity, equity, and inclu­sion. It also pro­vides fund­ing to the School’s pro­gram­matic efforts and activ­i­ties aimed at devel­op­ing an envi­ron­ment that strength­ens the School’s com­mit­ment to DEI and adopts tan­gi­ble, sus­tain­able prac­tices that are guided by our orga­ni­za­tional mis­sion and values. 

Cre­ative Research and Fac­ulty Support

As with uni­ver­sity-based research in other fields, cre­ative research needs fund­ing and sup­port. This sup­port has an impact that extends far beyond our art and design com­mu­ni­ties as our fac­ulty are increas­ingly work­ing with sci­en­tists, doc­tors, infor­ma­tion archi­tects, cli­ma­tol­o­gists and oth­ers to intro­duce new knowl­edge and solve impos­si­ble problems.

Gifts to the Oppor­tu­nity Fund sup­port Stamps fac­ulty who are able to edu­cate the next gen­er­a­tion of cul­ture-mak­ers because they are experts in their field, mak­ing a pos­i­tive impact every­day and bring­ing it back to the class­room. The con­nec­tions fac­ulty mem­bers make, the global net­works they build serve to bring Stamps stu­dents into the lead­ing cul­tural con­ver­sa­tions of our time.

Facil­i­ties and Tech­nol­ogy Support

At Stamps, foun­da­tional skills in art and design remain essen­tial and at the core of our cur­ricu­lum. We rec­og­nize that our stu­dents also need access to the lat­est tech­nolo­gies; stu­dios and class­rooms that encour­age the inter­min­gling of media and dis­ci­plines to trans­form art and design edu­ca­tion here and around the world. Gifts to the Oppor­tu­nity Fund sup­port the need for cut­ting-edge cre­ative tools and tech­nolo­gies and state-of-the-art facil­i­ties and resources to sup­port new ways of learn­ing and making.

Pub­lic Pro­gram Support

Through flag­ship pro­grams like the Penny Stamps Speaker Series and Stamps Gallery, the Stamps School of Art & Design aug­ments the class­room cur­ricu­lum and pro­vides direct access to some of the most influ­en­tial cre­ative minds of the 21st cen­tury. Open to the pub­lic, these spaces pro­vide spaces where the entire com­mu­nity comes together to learn, to expe­ri­ence, and to expand our per­spec­tives. Click here to view Pub­lic Pro­grams giv­ing options.