Twenty-three APS Seniors Named Posse Foundation Scholars

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Twenty-three 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 some of the top colleges and universities in the country – including Boston University, Syracuse University, Texas A&M University, The College of Wooster, Brandeis University, and Bard College. The class of 2014 marks the largest number of Posse Scholars awarded to APS seniors since the program’s inception in Atlanta during the 2007-2008 school year.

The Posse Foundation, Inc. is a college access and youth leadership development program that identifies, recruits and selects leaders from public high schools and sends them in supportive multicultural teams called “Posses” to partnering colleges and universities. The 2013-2014 APS Posse Scholars are:

Atlanta  Public Schools

First Name

Last Name

Posse Finalist University

Benjamin E. Mays High School Derrius Jones The College of Wooster
B.E.S.T. Academy at Benjamin S. Carson Reginald McGee The College of Wooster
B.E.S.T. Academy at Benjamin S. Carson Solomon McBride Brandeis University
B.E.S.T. Academy at Benjamin S. Carson Tabias Wimby Bard College
Carver Health Sciences & Research Ruqiyah Mukarram Bard College
Carver Health Sciences & Research Jalecia Wilborn Texas A&M University
Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy Jamaya Powell Syracuse University
Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy Keturah Walker Brandeis University
Henry W. Grady High School Ryan Bolton Syracuse University
Henry W. Grady High School Xavier Nelson Brandeis University
Henry W. Grady High School Alanne Stroy Syracuse University
Henry W. Grady High School Joseph Capelouto Boston University
North Atlanta High School Emma Pettersen Syracuse University
North Atlanta High School Stanley Miller Bard College
North Atlanta High School Rickey Waddell Bard College
North Atlanta High School Ahmara Smith Bard College
South Atlanta School of Health & Medical Science Felicia Williams The College of Wooster
South Atlanta School of Law & Social Justice Kenyatta Hendricks Brandeis University
Booker T. Washington Banking, Finance & Investment Demeisha Crowley Boston University
Booker T. Washington Banking, Finance & Investment Sidiamond Stills Texas A&M University
Booker T. Washington Early College Stephen Richardson Bard College
Booker T. Washington Health Sciences & Nutrition Jasmine Collins Bard College
Booker T. Washington Early College Asia Hollinger Brandeis University

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“We commend these scholars, their teachers, counselors and entire school community for their success,” said APS Superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr. “We thank the Posse Foundation and its donors for these generous, prestigious scholarship opportunities that will prepare our students for leadership and service.”

APS high school counselors, led by Dr. LaVerne Ware, began the multi-step Posse Scholars nomination process with students last semester, which included encouraging them to apply for the scholarship, maintaining the required GPA, prepping them for their scholarship interviews, and often times utilizing personal resources to assist students with their business attire.

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