Record number of JPPSS Students Awarded Full Tuition College Scholarships through The Posse Foundation


From left, West Jefferson High Principal Vanessa Brown-Lewis and West Jefferson High senior Sean Ly attended the Posse New Orleans Awards Ceremony on January 4. Ly is one of a record 15 JPPSS students named a Posse Scholar this year.

Fifteen students from the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) have been awarded four-year, full tuition scholarships from The Posse Foundation, including students from Bonnabel Magnet Academy High, Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies, Helen Cox High, John Ehret High, L.W. Higgins High, Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy, Riverdale High, Thomas Jefferson High, and West Jefferson High. These 15 high school seniors mark the most JPPSS students ever awarded this prestigious honor.

“Being named a Posse Scholar is a remarkable accomplishment,” said JPPSS Superintendent Isaac G. Joseph. “We are proud to have these students represent Jefferson Parish. Thank you to these young leaders and to the educators and mentors in their lives.”


From left, Higgins High Posse Scholar Aalyiah Butler and JPPSS Chief of Staff Germaine Gilson.

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 Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio are:

  • Oscar Garcia, Bonnabel Magnet Academy
  • Olivia Hughes, John Ehret High
  • Anthony Nunnery, Bonnabel Magnet Academy
  • Fatima Rahman, John Ehret High

The Scholars attending the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana are:

  • Liya Blitzer, Riverdale High
  • Aishwarya Natarajan, Haynes Academy

The Scholars attending the Tulane University in New Orleans are:

  • Aalyiah Butler, Higgins High
  • Diana Palacios, Haynes Academy
  • Miguel Solis, John Ehret High
  • Emmette Sylve, Thomas Jefferson High

The Scholars attending Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois are:

  • Shakira Cruz Gonzalez, Helen Cox High
  • Sean Ly, West Jefferson High
  • Shaela Phillips, John Ehret High
  • Taylor Robinson, John Ehret High
  • Dareana Roy, Patrick F. Taylor Academy