Every Gift Counts: Annual Fund

Annual gifts are critical in meeting the Stamps School’s daily needs. They serve as a crucial bridge between tuition revenue and the true cost of a Stamps education. Every gift is important and makes an impact!

When you make an annual gift, you can designate how your gift is used:

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.

Contributions to the Stamps Opportunity Fund are used to seed new programs, fund special student projects, internship opportunities, and support minor renovations. Each year funds are marked for student enrichment opportunities that include guest lecturers and artists in studio-related classes.

The Alumni and Friends Scholarship Fund provides an opportunity for donors to have an immediate impact on student support. Entering students who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance in high school or exceptional creative potential as evidenced by their portfolios can apply for scholarships from the Alumni and Friends Scholarship Fund.

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. Gifts to this fund also support a variety of pre-college initiatives designed to encourage K-12 students to explore art and design. Initiatives and activities include summer camps, project-based learning experiences, field trips, and more.

The International Initiatives Fund helps defray the cost of international travel for Stamps students. The Stamps School is the only unit at the University that requires students to participate in an international experience. In 2013, over 100 students received international scholarships. Scholarships are awarded in increments of $500 (for a non-University of Michigan experience), $1,000 (for an “other” University of Michigan experience), and $2,000 (for a Stamps School experience). $250 scholarships are also awarded for first-time travelers to apply for their passports.

To make an annual gift, click here or contact Melissa Herter: 734-764-0586 or

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 and learn more about her life and legacy.  This fund supports the Big Idea Award, which provides one Stamps senior funding to help launch a major, ambitious project after graduation.