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Local Seniors Named 2016 Posse Foundation Scholars

By Kimberly Willis Green
Nine seniors from Atlanta Public Schools (APS) were awarded four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships worth approximately $100,000 each, by The Posse Foundation, Inc. to attend some of the finest colleges and universities in the country. The Foundation named the scholarship recipients during a formal ceremony on December 16 at The Fox Theatre.
The Posse Foundation, Inc. is a college access and youth leadership development program that identifies, recruits, and selects leaders from public high schools. These student leaders are placed in supportive multicultural teams called “Posses” to attend partnering colleges and universities.
The 2016 APS Posse Foundation Scholars include two from our own Maynard H Jackson High School. Lorenzo Maddox will attend Brandeis University and LaReya Brown will attend Boston University.
“I continue to be impressed by the hard work and commitment our students have when it comes to their education. The Posse scholarship is a powerful testament that our students are graduating ready for college and career,” said APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen, Ed.D. “I am very proud of this year’s winners who have the talent, determination and a ‘posse’ comprised of their families, teachers, and friends to ensure success during their matriculation through college and beyond.”
APS students go through a multi-step Posse Scholars nomination process. The students receive coaching on meeting scholarship requirements that include maintaining a certain GPA, completing a rigorous application process, and excelling in scholarship interviews.
The Posse Foundation is a nationwide initiative with programs in major cities across the United States. Its main goals are to expand the pool from which top colleges and universities can recruit outstanding young leaders from diverse backgrounds and to ensure that Posse scholars persist in their studies and graduate so they can take on leadership positions in the workforce. Posse scholars receive four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships from Posse partner colleges and universities. The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation helped fund the opening of the Atlanta office in 2007.

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