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Palm Harbor University High grad earns prestigious scholarship

— Former Palm Harbor University High student Donovan Latherow, now at Mercer University, was selected as Stamps Scholar earlier this month.

The Stamps Scholars Program at the university in Macon, Ga., is funded by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation and is associated with 39 universities around the county.

“Students selected to be a part of the Stamps Scholars Program are of excellent character and demonstrate the desire to combine research and service-learning and to use their gifts and talents to solve many of the world’s problems,” Penny Elkins, senior vice president for enrollment management at Mercer, said in a university press release.

Latherow is one of five Mercer students in the school’s third class of Stamps Scholars. They were chosen from more than 170 applicants based on their leadership, scholarship, service and innovation.

Each scholarship covers the full cost of attendance, including tuition, fees, room, board and books. Stamps Scholars receive an iPad and $16,000 enrichment stipend to support activities such as study abroad, undergraduate research, unpaid internships and conference fees during their four-year tenure at Mercer.

Latherow’s father, R.J., notified The Suncoast News of his son’s achievement last week and provided additional information. The Latherow’s are residents of Tarpon Springs.

Prior to leaving for Mercer, Donovan Latherow was also a volunteer at Brooker Creek Preserve and helped plan and manage special events for the city of Tarpon Springs, including the Haunted Forest during Halloween. He helped create and run special effects for Common Machined Ltd.

This isn’t the first time Latherow’s academic successes have been recognized in the pages of The Suncoast News, either. He was acknowledged for his geography smarts on March 27, 2010 after advancing to the state level of the National Geographic Bee while enrolled at Tarpon Springs Middle School.

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