Summer 2015| Posse New Orleans Quarterly


Scholars Win Gilman International Scholarships

Three Scholars made Posse history as the first from Posse New Orleans to win prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad. Charlie Draughter, Tareian King and Angie Del Arca traveled to Costa Rica, South Africa and Germany, respectively. The Gilman program  aims to diversify the students who study abroad and prepare them for leadership roles with the government and private sectors.

Charlie, a junior at Tulane University, was one of more than 1,000 American undergraduate students from 332 colleges and universities selected to receive the scholarship. A double major in political science and philosophy, Charlie accepted a summer internship in Costa Rica. He hopes to attend Georgetown Law School after graduating from Tulane.

“I want to be a federal judge and the study abroad program in Costa Rica offers a social justice internship,” says Charlie. “It’s an opportunity to gain a new perspective on America’s justice system by learning from Costa Rica’s system and culture.”

Tareain and Angie, both rising seniors at Bard College, were chosen in fall 2014 from a highly competitive pool of over 2,700 undergraduate students from 356 colleges and universities across the country. A human rights/Africana studies major, Tareian studied in Cape Town, South Africa, with the multiculturalism and human rights program in the spring. Angie, a film major, studied at Bard College Berlin in Berlin, Germany, during the spring 2015 term.

“A friend and I made a video about our experiences in Berlin for a class project, which sparked some controversy over race and authenticity on campus,” says Angie. “I learned to keep an open mind, but I also learned how to explain my ideas and to stand up for myself on issues that matter.”

“These Scholars are exemplifying what it means to be a leader and a Scholar and are paving the way for other Posse Scholars,” says Posse New Orleans Director Monica Sylvain. “We are so proud of the way they represent Posse and the city of New Orleans on their campuses.”

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