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Riverdale senior receives University of Oregon’s most prestigious scholarship

Posted on April 12, 2017

University of Oregon enrollment and financial aid team pose with Noa Cohen and Oregon Duck mascot

Pictured (L-R): Dr. Roger Thompson, University of Oregon Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management; Jim Brooks, UO Assistant Vice President and Director of Financial Aid; Riverdale senior Noa Cohen; Michelle Holdway, UO Associate Director of Financial Aid.


Each year, the University of Oregon selects only five incoming freshmen from Oregon to receive its most prestigious and generous undergraduate scholarship, the Stamps Scholarship. This year, Riverdale High School senior Noa Cohen is among this elite group of high-achieving recipients chosen for their strong leadership potential, academic merit, and exceptional character. She officially accepted the award during a Signing Day ceremony on Tuesday, April 12, surrounded by her teachers and counselors, family, peers and University of Oregon representatives, including the famous Oregon Duck mascot. 

The Stamps Scholarship program at UO is very selective, and Cohen was chosen out of an applicant pool of hundreds to receive this merit-based scholarship that covers tuition and room and board for four years of undergraduate study, and provides up to $12,000 in enrichment funds that help students pursue study abroad, unpaid internships, research endeavors, and other experiences, such as participating in a leadership program or academic conference. In addition to unprecedented levels of financial support, Stamps Scholars are automatically granted admission to the university's Robert D. Clark Honors College

The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation supports promising students who are eager to make their contributions to the world and have the work ethic to make their dreams a reality. Other benefits of the Stamps Scholarship include: participation in a national day of service, access to a growing network of scholars and alumni, and opportunities to attend biennial conventions, where Scholars are able to network with one another and learn from recognized leaders. 

Cohen is the regional president of the Jewish Student Union, president of the Riverdale drama department and active in Mock Trial. A Hebrew music and dance specialist and private tutor, Cohen is published in the national Jewish Magazine Ignite, where she wrote about her work teaching students about the Holocaust, anti-semitism and tolerance at Portland high schools. She is a classically trained pianist and regularly competes in piano festivals and competitions. She volunteers at Rose Schnitzer Manor retirement facility, and worked as a camp counselor at the YMCA. Cohen also received the Oberlin Book Award for Commitment to the Arts and Community. 

In a notice about Cohen’s scholarship sent to Riverdale High School, UO’s Assistant Director of Scholarships, Holli Johnson, wrote: “She was offered this award after a rigorous application process that included two interviews, and she impressed the scholarship committee at every turn. Her time at Riverdale clearly prepared her to represent herself well in front of seasoned higher education administrators, including our Dean of the Honors College, our Vice President for Student Services, and our Dean for University Libraries. You are no doubt very proud of all she’s accomplished at Riverdale High School and feel—as do we—that she is poised to excel at the highest level in college.”


Teacher Laura Keldorf speaks about student Noa Cohen, with her family sitting next to her

Pictured: Riverdale teacher Laura Keldorf speaks about Noa's boundless curiosity and passion for life, saying "you've made me a better teacher." Noa (center) is seated with her family.


Noa Cohen signs University of Oregon scholarship papers with her family and UO's Director of Financial aid looking on.

Pictured: Noa signs University of Oregon scholarship papers with her family and UO's Director of Financial aid looking on.


Noa and her family make the O sign with their hands, joined by the Oregon Duck mascot.

Pictured: Noa and her family make the "O" sign with their hands, joined by the Oregon Duck mascot.


Noa Cohen gets a hug from the Oregon Duck mascot

Pictured: Noa gets a hug from the Oregon Duck mascot.