Meet the Stamps Scholars

Class of 2024

Olivia Crawford ’24 graduated from Ledyard High School in Ledyard, CT, where she participated in varsity soccer and track and was a national representative for New London County 4H camp. She is currently a Physiology and Neurobiology major contemplating a minor in neuroscience. With this, I hope to go to Physician Assistant school to specialize either in dermatology or neurology. With the Stamps enrichment award, she hopes to be able to study abroad.

Jasmine Johnson ‘24 graduated from Hamden Hall Country Day School, Hamden, CT, and was active in her school’s theatre program and held leadership positions in clubs like Multicultural Student Interest (MSI) and her school’s chapter of Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honors Society. Jasmine is a mechanical engineering major whose future career plans currently consist of her pursuing the creation of prosthetics and maybe other medical devices. She hopes to use her scholarship money to study abroad to learn how other countries approach engineering. In her time at UConn, she hopes to cheer on the basketball teams in Gampel and conquer the climbing wall in the Rec Center.

Quinn McAndrew ’24 graduated Newtown High School, Sandy Hook, CT, and was captain of NHS Science Bowl and tournament organizer in the northeast region. He is a computer science major with additional interests in mathematics, politics, and writing. Quinn hopes to concentrate in software design and participate in research on campus. In his free time, he likes to read and listen to music.

Peter Spinelli ’24 is pursuing a dual degree in Business Management and Communication at the University of Connecticut where he also serves as a Senator within the Undergraduate Student Government. Peter is an avid runner and music fanatic with hopes of studying abroad in Europe and pursuing a career in film, television, and media.

Class of 2023

photo of Thomas Alvarez, Stamps Scholar Thomas Alvarez ’23 graduated from Trinity Catholic High School, Stamford, CT, active in the Crusader Players Theatre Club and a cross country runner. Thomas is an English major who is still deciding his future career plans, currently choosing between a career in academia and a potential interest in law. He is an avid Ultimate Frisbee player, a Scouter, and a theater fanatic with plans to spend a semester abroad in London.
photo of Sean Murphy, Stamps Scholar Sean Murphy ’23) graduated New Milford High School, varsity soccer player, Simply Smiles volunteer and ELL program coordinator at his high school. He is a psychology major contemplating a second individualized major in philosophy and religion. Sean would like to pursue a doctorate in theology and eventually teach at a university. He hopes to use his scholarship money to study abroad in Greece. He is also an avid soccer fan and enjoys creative writing.
photo of Shreya Patel, Stamps Scholar Shreya Patel ’23 graduated from Mark T Sheehan High School in Wallingford, CT, Vice-President of the Student Council, varsity tennis, cross country team and junior varsity soccer player. Shreya would like to earn a BS in Physiology & Neurobiology and, eventually, attend medical school to become a neurosurgeon or cardiothoracic surgeon. A soccer and tennis enthusiast, Shreya also loves to play violin in her spare time.
photo of Elisa Shaholli, Stamps Scholar Elisa Shaholli ’23 graduated Wolcott High School, Book Bandits (WHS Book Club) founder and president, public library volunteer, varsity lacrosse player & Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation volunteer. Elisa would like to either pursue a career in academia or the public health sector. Recently selected as a Critical Language Scholarship recipient to study Turkish, in her free time, she loves scouring Homer Babbidge library, reading about Turkish history, and going to festivals and shows.

Class of 2022

Danielle Cross Danielle Cross ’22, Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Scholar, is a freshman majoring in Psychology with plans to double major in either Urban and Community Studies or Political Science. She is interested in studying the psychological and political effects of different laws on those in lower-income urban settings, especially the African American and immigrant communities. She is a member of the Cru Christian group and Debate Team who enjoys running and reading in her free time.
Christopher Sacchi ’22, Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Scholar, is a freshman who is considering majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering. Outside of engineering, he enjoys learning about other languages and cultures, and would like to study abroad while at UConn. He also enjoys serving others, having spent time tutoring and attending service trips while in high school. He hopes to get involved with serving the UConn community.
Olivia Lemieux ’22, Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Scholar, is a freshman in the Honors Program, majoring in Environmental Science. She is interested in research and innovation in sustainability. Outside of class, she is involved in the Horticulture Club and Badminton Club, as well as various service clubs around campus including CareCakes and Give. She is passionate about increasing environmental awareness as well as giving back to the community through service events.

Class of 2021

Ajitha Chivukula ’21, majoring in Biology, is known by peers and faculty alike as a vivacious, funny yet dedicated young woman, interested in languages, literature and science. Her driving intellectual passion is the pursuit of medicine. Her goal: “To advance the discovery of effective cures or treatments for conditions such as Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) and diffuse astrocytomas is my purpose in choosing medicine for a career.”
Calvin Colby ’21, is pursuing his interests in math skills in the Mechanical Engineering program. A Governor’s Scholar and recipient of the Princeton Book Award, he was President of Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society at his high school and commissioner of a fantasy football league – learning relationship, leadership and negotiating skills in an intense competitive environment.
Christopher Jacobs ’21, a Computer Science & Engineering major with a passion for solving puzzles, he was a founder of the AAE Challenge Club, an A-Team member of the Capitol Area Math League and took part in a two-year internship at the Connecticut Science Center where one of his exhibits is on display.
Edouard Quiroga ’21, has a passion for languages (French, Spanish, Italian, German and Japanese) and engineering. He applied to and was accepted to the prestigious Cooper Union Summer STEM Camp, where he helped design, build and test parts of their Formula SAE car. His ambition to design and build automobiles, preferably in Europe, led him to the Mechanical Engineering program here at UConn.

Class of 2020

Jonah Garcia ’20 is an avid musician who initially thought he would pursue a career in the sciences. Upon arriving at UConn, he discovered how exhilarating the world of professional music is and he is now pursuing a major in music education. He was selected to participate in the prestigious choral program with the King’s Singers in London in the summer of 2017 and will take what he learned there and apply it to his future music teaching career.
Maura Oei ’20 is studying Actuarial Science-Finance with future ambition to pursue an MBA after she attains her Fellowship for the Society of Actuaries. As a Stamps Scholar, she has been able to participate in an internship program in Hartford and pursue study abroad at University College Dublin in Ireland.
Sarah Schatz ’20 has ambitions to be a respected and influential businesswoman, able to make a positive impact on the world by utilizing her studies in Accounting in the School of Business. A member of Delta Sigma Pi and active in community service, she is interested in UConn’s service-learning trips that prepare students for lifelong social action.

Class of 2019

Eric Pan Eric Pan ’19 is studying biomedical engineering as part of the Special Program in Medicine at UConn, and has plans to attend medical school. Eric looks forward to becoming involved in research as well as in clubs, and hopes to study abroad as a Stamps Scholar. An avid percussionist and piano player, Eric also enjoys a relaxing run or an intense match of tennis.
Sricharan Kadimi Sricharan Kadimi ’19 is fascinated every day by the wonders of modern science, medicine, and mathematics. Studying chemical engineering and looking forward to medical school, he is continuing to explore scientific research. A member of the Special Program in Medicine, Sricharan hopes to advance his skills as an EMT by volunteering locally and abroad. He also is an accomplished runner and violist.

Class of 2018

Bridget Mary Oei Bridget Mary Oei ’18 is interested in studying environmental and biomedical sustainability, and potentially heading to medical school. As a Stamps Scholar, Bridget looks forward to developing leadership skills and studying abroad. Bridget is active in the arts as an accomplished Irish and classical ballet dancer and teacher, a fiddler, violinist and pianist. Bridget also sails and surfs.
Annie Maclachlan Annie Maclachlan ’18, salutatorian of her high school class, wants to graduate from the Neag School of Education special education program. She led her school’s Best Buddies club and has been a volunteer docent school teacher, a peer counselor and a youth board of directors member for a local nonprofit youth and family services bureau. Annie also is a clarinetist, dancer and horseback rider.

Class of 2017

Ashwini Joshi Ashwini Joshi ’17 dreams of attending medical school. She is studying biomedical engineering and plans to use some of her funding to study abroad in France. This high school valedictorian, community volunteer, student leader and athlete chose UConn because of the Honors Program, Stamps Scholarship, and undergraduate research opportunities.


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