Fall 2016| Posse D.C. Quarterly


​D.C. Scholars Win Prestigious Fellowships

Lafayette College graduate Dale Russell.

This year, a number of Posse D.C. Scholars have been awarded highly competitive fellowships for independent study, national and global service, and teaching assistantships.

Newly graduated from Lafayette College, Camila Moscoso will travel to Venezuela for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program. Camila is the sixth Posse D.C. Scholar to receive this fellowship. In the future, Camila plans to pursue a master’s in public policy and a Ph.D. in public health.

Three students received the Newman’s Own Foundation Fellowship, which provides recent college graduates with work experience in the philanthropic sector and expands, enhances, and diversifies the pipeline of new talent entering nonprofit careers. Davante Jennings, who graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South, will spend his fellowship year at The Posse Foundation’s headquarters in New York City. Lafayette College graduate Dale Russell will be working at the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network and Alleyah Miner, also a Lafayette graduate, is beginning her career at the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

"I have an opportunity to hone my skills and become a step closer to being a leader in media and education," says Dale. 

James Caruso, Ifetayo Olutosin and Jessica Black—all Scholars at Grinnell College—received Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships, which provide support and resources to students from underrepresented minority groups who plan to pursue doctoral degrees.

“Posse has taught me to never give up and to keep exploring different channels of learning,” says Ifetayo, who is researching the erasure of black identities in Latin America. “Most important, it has given me a strong support system that makes me feel like I can accomplish anything.”

Finally, University of Rochester rising junior Courtney “C.J.” Thomas Jr. was accepted into the two-year Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. The McNair Program aims to increase the numbers of first-generation and underrepresented minority undergraduates who pursue Ph.D. degrees and go on to careers in research and teaching at the university level. While in the program, C.J., an economic behavioral science major, will complete a semester-long research project.

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