Nearly a decade ago, William & Mary launched a new scholarship program designed to bring students to the university who, by any measure, would be considered among the nation's very best. It was called the Murray Scholars Program. Made possible through a leadership gift by Jim Murray J.D. '74, LL.D. '00 and his wife Bruce, it has been a remarkable success.
Today, the program continues to thrive, now under a new name - the 1693 Scholars Program.
In the fall of 2012, the program was able to expand by two additional scholars thanks to the generous support of the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation. E. Roe Stamps IV and Penelope Stamps are deeply committed to education, supporting projects and scholarships at over 35 universities nationwide. In the fall of 2014, the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation increased their support and helped the program enroll an additional Stamps 1693 Leadership Scholar. Therefore, we are now able to enroll three Stamps 1693 Leadership Scholars in every incoming class.
In the Fall of 2014, we enrolled our first Estes Family 1693 Scholar thanks to the support of Rob and Jean Estes.
Jean Berger Estes graduated in 1975 from William & Mary. She was a member of Pi Phi sorority and majored in elementary education. She co-chaired her class’s 30th reunion gift committee and served as a trustee of the William & Mary Foundation from 2006-2012.
Rob Estes ‘74 was a business major and member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He has served on the class of 1974’s 30th and 40th reunion gift committees and has been a trustee of the Mason School of Business’s Foundation board since 2004. He is the president and CEO of Estes Express Lines.
Rob and Jean Estes live in Richmond, VA. Their son, Webb, is also a graduate of W&M ‘06 and MACC ‘07.