Posse Atlanta provides full tuition scholarships

2018-2019 Posse ScholarsEight students from DeKalb County School District (DCSD) have earned full-tuition paid trips to some of the most prestigious colleges in the country thanks to one local nonprofit organization.

Students from seven DCSD high schools—including one charter school specializing in educating individuals on the autism spectrum—have been named Posse Scholars for the 2018-2019 school year. As recipients, the scholars will receive full tuition at a college or university of their choice for up to four years.

“I am so proud of our students and the many new and different ways they demonstrate success and innovation,” said Superintendent/CEO Dr. R. Stephen Green. “Through a high school career filled with hard work and dedication, these students have proven they are among the cream of the crop in metro Atlanta—and beyond. Remember their names, for they have distinguished themselves as tomorrow’s leaders. Congratulations to these eight students for showing there is no limit to learning! You inspire us all.”

Each student enjoyed an official recognition ceremony on January 10 at the Fox Theatre in downtown Atlanta.

According to the Posse Foundation, the scholarship is rooted in the belief that a small, diverse group of talented students—a “posse”—can serve as a catalyst for individual and community development.

“As the United States becomes an increasingly multicultural society, Posse believes that the leaders of the 21st century should reflect the country’s rich demographic mix,” reads the foundation’s mission statement. “The key to a promising future for our nation rests on the ability of strong leaders from diverse backgrounds to develop consensus solutions to complex social problems. Posse’s primary aim is to train these leaders of tomorrow.”

The Posse Foundation began seeking talented students in Atlanta circa 2007 with help from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. The organization has recruited students nationwide for 30 years. Each scholar goes through a lengthy selection process, consisting of nominations, written references, and more.

For more information, visit www.possefoundation.org

The eight students, their chosen colleges and universities, as well as their respective schools, can be found below:

Student Current School Future School
Xavier Butler Tapestry Public Charter Brandeis University
Robert Felton Chamblee Charter High Boston University
Mariya Kurbatova DeKalb School of the Arts Bard College
Maya Lavender Dunwoody High Bard College
Bawi Par Stone Mountain High The George Washington University
Caleb Wyatt Stephenson High Bard College
Isabelle Yap Chamblee Charter High Boston University
Emmanuel Zelalem Druid Hills High The George Washington University