Sarah Ramsey Strong Scholarship Fund


2017 Sarah Ramsey Strong Scholarship Recipients
(L to R): Dr. Elaine Young, Emily LaPlume, Susan Ramsey, Anna Steeley, James Ramsey

This permanent scholarship endowment was established in memory of Sarah Elizabeth Ramsey, Class of '12 by her family and friends after she tragically passed away in 2013. This need-based scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has plans to travel or immerse themselves in an internship with the potential power to be transformative.

Sarah Ramsey was a dynamic, passionate, creative individual who—as a Marketing Advertising major at Champlain College—left an undeniable impact on those around her. She was a risk-taker. She was a woman who knew few bounds. She created. She traveled. She pushed the limits. She was "wired to work" and looked for every opportunity to learn, grow, and challenge herself. She lived every moment with gusto, aggressively seeking experiences that would transform her way of thinking, her point of view, her world. She volunteered, she studied abroad in Peru and in China, she created advertising and branding campaigns for small brands and big brands. She made a difference.

The Sarah Ramsey '12 Strong Scholarship endowment supports third- and fourth-year Stiller School of Business students who demonstrate strong academic performance and wish to expand their professional and international experiences while attending Champlain College. The Scholarship encourages students to take risks, push boundaries, do more, be more, and experience more.

Past scholarship recipients have studied and traveled to Canada, Ireland, England, New Zealand, China, and Thailand. Read their stories here:

Meet Our Scholarship Recipients

2020 - Sarah Lancaster '22

Congratulations to Sarah Lancaster, our 7th Sarah Ramsey Strong scholarship recipient!

"I am a third-generation Vermonter with a love for photography, playing guitar, and being outdoors. I grew up with entrepreneurial parents who shared their love of business with me. My first job was assisting with quality control—I was 6 years old. Now, alongside my mother, I am a co-founder of Pure Energy Apothecary, a company driven to provide accessible and healthy products for the body, with ingredients you can read.

As a junior Management and Innovation major with a minor in Entrepreneurship at Champlain, I have had the opportunity to be an Emerging Leader, an Orientation Leader, a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Social Impact Scholar, a fellow at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and club president of Stiller Women in Business."

2019 - Lauren Girard '21

As an International Business major, Lauren has been able to explore her major around the world. She spent her Summer '19 in Shanghai along with a semester abroad in New Zealand and at Champlain Colleges Ireland campus.

"Studying abroad and leaving New England opened my eyes to the world. I am incredibly thankful to have completed an internship in Shanghai and immerse myself in the Chinese workplace culture. Thanks to the SRSF I have had the opportunity to study abroad for another two semesters. I hope to follow in Sarah's footsteps and step out of my comfort zone while continuing my education overseas."

2018 - Harka Tamang '20

Congratulations to Harka Tamang, our 5th Sarah Ramsey Strong scholarship recipient. Harka is entering his junior year at Champlain, majoring in Marketing.

"Nine years ago, my family relocated from Nepal to Burlington. I'm so happy to be chosen for the SRSF and I'm looking forward to exploring London during my spring semester study abroad. Thank you SRSF for supporting my dreams!"

2017 - Anna Steeley '19

As a film major with a minor in digital marketing, Anna just completed her junior year at Champlain's Montreal campus. This past summer, she visited Shanghai as part of Champlain's Freeman Grant Foundation internship program.

"I feel very fortunate for the opportunity to spend a full year, plus a summer, abroad. My studies prepared me well for my international adventures and I'm in awe of being able to follow in Sarah's footsteps. Shanghai was an amazing cultural experience, giving me lasting new insights from meeting so many interesting and fantastic people as I explored their beautiful country."

2016 - Emily Connor '17

While at Champlain, Emily completed her summer internship with travels to China and Thailand. She's currently working at Southern New Hampshire University while pursuing her masters degree in communications.

"With encouragement and support from my family, friends, and the Champlain community, I had the confidence to pursue an internship in Shanghai, China. Thanks to the help of my scholarship, my dreams became a reality and my experiences were life changing. I'm honored to continue my journey in Sarah's legacy, and follow in the footsteps of the amazing and talented young women who've gone before me as SRSF scholarship winners."

2015 - Emily LaPlume '17

Completed study abroad in Ireland and New Zealand

"Champlain's strong emphasis on developing global business skills encouraged me to find an international experience to include as a part of my education. I'm grateful to have been selected to receive the Sarah Ramsey Strong Scholarship, making it possible for me to study in Ireland and New Zealand and help me prepare for a career in marketing."

2014 - Lauren Buniva '16

Upon graduating from Champlain, Lauren began her advertising career at MullenLowe in Boston, where she is currently working on several global account campaigns.

"My experience at the University of Otago in New Zealand provided a global perspective which I was able to build on to secure an internship in Shanghai. Receiving the SRSF scholarship and learning about Sarah's passion for pursuing her dreams inspired me and helped me leverage my international experiences to pursue a career in advertising."

$5,000 Scholarship for a Stiller School of Business Student

If you are a Stiller School of Business student planning an international experience, you may be eligible for the Sarah Ramsey Strong Scholarship. Learn more and apply here.