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Posse Scholar named Freshman of the Year

Mignon Farnet

Mignon Farnet ’16, a double major in accounting and supply chain management and member of SU’s first class of Posse Scholars, was named Freshman of the Year last fall by the Whitman School of Management. Farnet received the award during the Beta Gamma Sigma Induction Ceremony. 

“This honor is awarded to the freshman who earned the highest cumulative GPA during the previous academic year,” says Lindsay Rapp, assistant dean of undergraduate programs at the Whitman School. “We’re very proud of Mignon’s scholastic achievements and look forward to her continued excellence during her tenure here at Whitman.”

Beyond her academic record, Farnet is already making her mark at SU. The Fayetteville, Georgia, native is a resident advisor for a student learning community at Whitman and fundraising co-chair for Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor organization for students in accounting, finance, and information studies. Farnet is also involved with the St. Thomas More Campus Ministry Program, serving as treasurer, volunteering, and leading a retreat team.

Farnet says she wanted to go to school in a different part of the country, where she could experience all four seasons. So far, SU has been the right place for her.

“I love the school spirit on campus, especially that which revolves around our basketball team! I’ve also become very involved at the Alibrandi Catholic Center. The people there are some of my closest friends and they’ve helped me find my different avenues to serve others,” Farnet says. “And within my major, Beta Alpha Psi has been instrumental in connecting me with people of similar interests, networking with professionals, and finding internships.”

As a Posse Scholar, Farnet has also benefitted from a unique support group as she made the transition into college. The Posse Foundation identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential and grants them four-year, full-tuition merit scholarships at partner institutions.

“We are very proud of Mignon,” says Zenith Houston, director of the Posse Foundation’s Atlanta chapter. “This honor exemplifies the academic prowess of our scholars in achieving success and making an impact at Syracuse University.” 

Farnet’s achievement truly is a testament to the Posse program and the caliber of students receiving scholarships. As one might imagine, the selection process is extremely competitive.

“Students in our program are nominated in the spring of their junior year, and there’s a three-round interview process,” Houston says. “Last year we received 1,200 nominations for 60 open spots at the Atlanta participant schools.”

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 $670 million in four-year, full-tuition merit scholarships to more than 5,500 Posse Scholars since 1989.

SU is among more than 50 partner institutions, and one of six connected to the Atlanta chapter.  SU also recruits Posse Scholars from the Miami and Los Angeles chapters. 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.

This marks the third year of SU’s involvement in program, with 60 current SU Posse Scholars and 30 more coming to campus in the fall.

The greater Atlanta region is also benefitting from the Posse program, with 30-40 area businesses and organizations offering specific internship and job opportunities to these high-achieving students and graduates. If you have an internship or job opportunity and would like to recruit a Posse student or graduate, contact Zenith Houston at zenith@possefoundation.org.