The Big Idea Award was inspired by school namesake and alumna Penny W. Stamps (1944−2018) in her April 2018 commencement speech. She issued a call to action to Stamps students.“What’s your big idea?” She prompted.“What are you willing to spend your moral capital, your intellectual capital, your sweat equity in pursuing outside the walls of the University of Michigan? You have your artistic skills, now develop your ideas — your big idea,” she said.“Imagination has no limits.”
With generous support from the Stamps Family, friends, and other supporters in the community, in loving memory of Penny, the award provides one Stamps senior or team of eligible Stamps students with $25,000 to help launch a major, ambitious project after graduation.
A committee of external reviewers nominated by Stamps faculty and representing a wide range of expertise determined the winner.