Spring 2016| Posse Atlanta Quarterly


New Scholars Awarded Scholarships from Top Colleges, Universities

Dr. Meria Carstarphen, the superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools.

In December 2015, Posse Atlanta celebrated 62 new Scholars at the annual Awards Ceremony, sponsored by Infor at the historic Fox Theater. Six new Posses, including the first of The George Washington University, were welcomed by an audience of 500 parents, teachers, community leaders and supporters.

“We are excited to introduce the 2016 Class of Posse Scholars, who represent Atlanta’s top high school students from several school districts and community-based organizations,” said Posse Atlanta Director Zenith Houston. “Represented in this class of Scholars are class presidents, top athletes, artists, founders of nonprofits, and more.”

Bard College, Boston University, Brandeis University, The College of Wooster, The George Washington University and Texas A&M University selected these young leaders from a competitive pool of students and awarded them a total of $12.6 million in four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.

Posse Atlanta was thrilled to welcome Dr. Meria Carstarphen, the superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, who spoke about the importance of seizing the opportunities provided by the Posse Scholarship. David Mack, managing director in wealth management at Merrill Lynch, offered remarks on behalf of the Posse Atlanta Advisory Board.

“The ceremony left an imprint on me of what Posse really is—a family that supports you and believes in everything that you will accomplish,” said new Scholar Michael Ferrier, who will attend The George Washington University this fall.

As the new Scholars conclude their high school careers, they embark on their Posse journey, starting with eight-months of pre-collegiate training to ensure they will hit the ground running when they arrive on campus this fall.

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