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SU announces second class of Posse Scholars

2013 Posse Scholars

In December 2012, Syracuse University and the Atlanta chapter of the Posse Foundation held an award ceremony and reception honoring the second class of Posse Scholarship recipients bound for the SU campus this fall.

The Posse Foundation identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse recruits and trains these exceptional young leaders and sends them in multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students to partner colleges and universities across the country. With program sites in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, and Washington, D.C., the Posse Foundation and its institutional partners have awarded over $570 million in four-year, full-tuition merit scholarships to more than 4,800 Posse Scholars since 1989. Read about a current SU Posse Scholar, Elmer Moreno ’16.

The partnership is rooted in the belief that a small, diverse group of talented students—a posse—carefully selected and trained, can serve as a catalyst for increased individual and community development. SU is one of Posse’s newest partner institutions, recruiting students in Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles. This marks the second year of SU’s participation, and the following Atlanta-area students join the newest class of Posse Scholars:

  • Divine Butts, Maynard Jackson High School
  • Edgar Carranza, Redan High School
  • Chaz Delgado, Chamblee Charter High School
  • Dulce Gallo-Blanco, Benjamin Mays High School
  • Demarquez Grissom, Carver Health Sciences & Research High School
  • Henry Hokura, Riverwood International Charter High School
  • Julian Nelums, South Cobb High School
  • Collin Robinson, DeKalb School of the Arts
  • Bilal Vaughn, Henry Grady High School
  • Freedom Wright, Holy Innocents Episcopal School

Posse partner colleges and universities have seen scholars succeed as leaders on campus and excel academically.

“More than 70 percent of scholars have either founded or become presidents of campus organizations, and they boast a 90 percent graduation rate, which is significantly higher than the national average,” says Jo Anne Phang, SU’s director of admissions for the Southeast region. “SU may be a new recruiter for the program, but we’re thrilled to be a part of it and have high expectations for these students.”

The SU-bound Posse Scholars will benefit from a learning environment focused on Scholarship in Action, the university’s commitment to educate students “for the world, in the world”—blending theory and practice that empowers students to apply what they learn in society. For SU, the partnership welcomes an increasingly diverse student body to campus, which heightens intellectual discourse and reflects the nation’s multi-cultural mix.

“Just like Posse Scholars, generations of SU alumni were success stories waiting to happen when SU gave them the opportunity to shine,” says SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor. “We are thrilled to partner with Posse, especially in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Miami—critical ‘geographies of opportunity’ where SU’s already strong presence is helping us make higher education a reality for increasing numbers of the diverse next generation of leaders that our nation needs.”

The SU campus welcomed its first cohort of Posse Scholars last fall, 12 of them from the Atlanta area.