JPPSS Students Awarded Full Tuition College Scholarships through The Posse Foundation

2015 Posse Scholars (left to right from top): Saul Amezcua, Jazlyn Johnson, Gabrielle DeRoche, Edward Scott, Younes Boulares, Keristen Edwards, Sydney Monix, Bilal Sarmini

2015 Posse Scholars, top row from left: Saul Amezcua, Jazlyn Johnson, Gabrielle DeRoche, Edward Scott; bottom row from left: Younes Boulares, Keristen Edwards, Sydney Monix, Bilal Sarmini

Eight students from the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) have been awarded four-year, full tuition scholarships from The Posse Foundation, including students from Helen Cox High School, Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies, L.W. Higgins High School, Riverdale High School, and Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy.

“We are so excited that these eight students have been recognized for their hard work and their accomplishments,” said Superintendent James Meza, Jr. “It’s a huge honor to be selected as a Posse Scholar, and I congratulate not only the selected students, but also their families, teachers and counselors, and school staff for supporting and nurturing these students’ drive for excellence.”

The Posse Foundation gives extraordinary high school students who may be overlooked by the traditional college selection processes the resources and the support needed to complete a four-year degree at partner universities. Posse Scholars are nominated by their high schools in their senior year 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 newest Posse Scholars from JPPSS selected to attend Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson in New York are:

  • Saul Amezcua, Helen Cox High School
  • Jazlyn Johnson, Thomas Jefferson High School

The Scholars attending Tulane University in New Orleans are:

  • Younes Boulares, Haynes Academy
  • Keristen Edwards, Riverdale High School
  • Sydney Monix, Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy
  • Bilal Sarmini, Thomas Jefferson High School

Gabrielle DeRoche from L.W. Higgins High School and Edward Scott from Helen Cox High School are part of the inaugural Posse cohort from the New Orleans area that is headed to Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.

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