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Fifteen Montgomery County Public School Students Awarded Full Scholarships

The Posse Foundation has been recruiting and training public high school students living in the U.S. who have exhibited outstanding leadership qualities in school, at home, and within their communities for over 20 years. The Foundation has sent 3,665 scholars to top-tier colleges and universities throughout the country.

“We have a unique opportunity to reward talented student leaders who show a strong record of academic excellence and a desire to succeed in college, but would be overlooked in traditional college selection processes. Universities tend to only see what’s on paper: SAT score, GPA, and personal statement. We provide a more comprehensive college selection process where the student can shine and excel,” explained D.C. Director of Posse, Tamara Wilds Lawson.

This year, The Posse Foundation awarded a total of 61 students from a pool of 1,500 in the D.C. Metropolitan area with full-paid, four-year college scholarships including 15 students from 12 different public schools in Montgomery County. These students will attend college in the fall.

This is the second consecutive year where MCPS has had 15 Posse Foundation scholarship winners.

Currently, Posse has organizations in seven locations, New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, LA, Miami, D.C., and New Orleans. Each site has their own partner colleges where students can attend if chosen.

The D.C. public high school students who are awarded the prestigious full scholarships have a choice between six colleges; Bucknell University, Grinnell University, Lafayette College, Pepperdine University, Sewanee: The University of the South, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Students are nominated through their public high school guidance counselors, and then taken through a vigorous 3-step selection process with their peers, a Posse one-on-one interview, and finally an interview with the prospective college or university.

“It’s important to note that Posse Scholars graduate at a rate of 90 percent and make a visible difference while on campus and throughout their professional careers in the workforce,” said Posse DC Program Director, Robyn Lingo.

The minute students are awarded the scholarship; they will go through pre-collegiate training eight months before school starts to prepare and expose the students for college. Through this training, the students develop their leadership skills, teamwork capabilities, cross-cultural communications, and strengthen their academics.

“Once in college, the training doesn’t stop. Each group or posse will have a mentor who will meet with him or her once a week during freshman and sophomore year to maintain a supportive environment and make sure they are on a path towards excellence. Once they graduate, they remain in our system and come together annually as alumni to network,” explained D.C. Director of Posse, Tamara Wilds Lawson.

To learn more about the Posse Foundation, and how to nominate someone you think embodies leadership and strong academics, click here.

The list of Montgomery County Public School's 15 students who were awarded full scholarships by The Posse Foundation are: 

  •  Irvin Cedillo, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, attending Lafayette College
  •  Elizabeth Olsen, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Natasha Frazier, Col. Zadok Magruder High School, attending Pepperdine University
  • David Hylton, James Hubert Blake High School, attending Pepperdine University
  • Audrey Loic Yatdon Tchoukoua, Montgomery Blair High School, attending Sewanee: The University of the South
  • Affan Ahmad, Northwest High School, attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ashton Cane, Paint Branch High School, attending Pepperdine University
  • Ahmed Elnaiem, Richard Montgomery High School, attending Bucknell University
  •  Nicholas Chisholm, Rockville High School, attending Grinnell College
  • Nailah Frye, Rockville High School, attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Brianna Braswell, Seneca Valley High School, attending Lafayette College
  • Ramzi Ebeid, Seneca Valley High School, attending Bucknell University
  • Christian Mendoza, Walter Johnson High School, attending Lafayette College
  • Stephanie Marquez, Wheaton High School, attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Kimberley Nidah, Winston Churchill High School, attending Bucknell University
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