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Six School For Advanced Studies Students Become Posse Scholars

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Miami, January 10, 2013 - Posse Foundation Miami recently announced its 2013 Posse Scholars that will receive full tuition scholarships to some of the top universities in the United States. The Miami branch of Posse awarded 40 scholarships this year to outstanding South Florida seniors from public, private and charter high schools. Six of the forty students selected this year were seniors at School for Advanced Studies (SAS). These talented scholars were selected from over a thousand students who went through the application process.

SAS seniors Julia Godinez, Alexandra Wellnitz, and Aliaha Daphnis will be attending Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Kelly Watts will be going to Hamilton College in Clinton, New York and Max Aleman will study at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Miles Marcotte will begin his studies in August at Syracuse University in New York.

These Posse partner colleges are rated by U.S. News and World Report as some of the best liberal arts schools in the United States. SAS has encouraged its seniors to participate in the Posse Foundation Scholarship competition since Posse opened its Miami office back in 2009. Since that time, SAS students have had great success in becoming Posse Scholars (six SAS students were also selected as Posse Scholars last year).

On April 5, 2012, SAS held a forum for the Class of 2013 at its North Campus regarding the Posse process. The six Posse Scholars from the Class of 2012 led a panel discussion to inform underclassmen at SAS about how the whole process at Posse works. This forum was well attended by students and their parents and proved invaluable in continuing the great Posse tradition at SAS. To have six Posse Scholars from SAS once again this year is an incredible achievement and reflects the quality of the students who attend SAS and the instruction they receive from their SAS and Miami Dade College teachers.

Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships. Each of the four Miami Posse colleges select 10 multicultural groups of students from the Miami area that form a Miami Posse when they go away to that particular school for their college education. President Barack Obama recognized Posse for its outstanding work by donating a portion of his Nobel Prize dollars to the Posse foundation in 2010.

Posse is looking for individuals who have demonstrated leadership ability, communication and team building skills. Winners of the Posse Scholarship have been positive contributors to their schools and communities. They are the kinds of students who change the climate for the better. They are interested in issues of community and diversity. They are mature team-players who are able to not only take care of themselves, but also to look out for their peers.

Congratulations to the Posse Scholars from the SAS Class of 2013!

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