Five JPPSS Students Awarded Posse Scholarships

posse scholarsposse scholars 2Five students from the Jefferson Parish Public School System have been awarded four-year, full tuition scholarships from The Posse Foundation: Tuyet Dam of L.W. Higgins High School, Mohammed Elaasar of Haynes Academy, Peter Nguyen of Thomas Jefferson Magnet High School, Farhana Chaudhry and Gabriel Rodriguez – both of Bonnabel Magnet Academy.

“The Posse Foundation focuses on students who might have been overlooked by the traditional college selection process,” said Superintendent Dr. James Meza, Jr. “We are thrilled that these five students have been recognized for their leadership and academic potential and will have the opportunity to further their education.”

Posse “Scholars,” as scholarship recipients are known, are seniors who are nominated by their high schools for their leadership in the school and the community, their academic commitment, and their overall motivation to succeed. The nominees undergo a rigorous selections process conducted by both Posse staff and their partner universities before being selected for the merit-based scholarship.

The five will be part of the second cohort of Posse New Orleans Scholars. The first cohort, selected in fall 2011, included eight JPPSS students. As a Posse Scholar, Tuyet Dam will enroll at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson in New York in the fall; Mohammed Elaasar, Peter Nguyen, Farhana Chaudhry and Gabriel Rodriguez will attend Tulane University in New Orleans.

David Lewis, principal of Higgins High School, says that he is very proud of Dam for her accomplishments.

“Tuyet is wonderful student and a great representative for her class,” he said. “She is a top of the line scholar and very active in school – an ideal Higgins Hurricane.”

“Being named a Posse Scholar is a great honor,” said Haynes Academy Principal Jerome Helmstetter. “We feel very fortunate that we can provide the type of educational environment that allows students like Mohammed the opportunity to succeed and advance to the university level.”

Thomas Jefferson Principal Dr. Gerard LeBlanc also expressed pride and excitement for Nguyen.

“Peter is a very intelligent young man who strives to excel at all areas of school life at Thomas Jefferson,” said LeBlanc. “He is well deserving of this opportunity and scholarship, and he has been a leader of his peers. I am very proud of his accomplishments during his time at Thomas Jefferson.”

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