Ten JPPSS Students Awarded Full Tuition College Scholarships through the Posse Foundation

posse-14-bannerA record ten 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.

“To have ten students from five JPPSS high schools selected for this honor is just thrilling,” said Superintendent Dr. James Meza, Jr. “I am so proud of these hardworking, determined young men and women. I’m also thankful to their counselors, who have been instrumental in getting the students connected to this program, as well as their teachers, principals, and parents for their work in supporting and nurturing these future leaders.”

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:

  • Jose Alexander, Patrick F. Taylor Academy
  • Zavontae Holmes, L.W. Higgins High School
  • Tyrin Stevenson, Helen Cox High School
  • Kaylynn Tran, Patrick F. Taylor Academy
  • Gabriela Vasquez, Riverdale High School

The Scholars attending Tulane University are:

  • Xavier Aguilar, Haynes Academy
  • Micquel Downs, Patrick F. Taylor Academy
  • David Girgis, Helen Cox High School
  • Nuri Melancon, Patrick F. Taylor Academy
  • Marlon Nunez, Riverdale High School

The ten JPPSS students, who comprise half of the total number of Posse Scholars in New Orleans, were honored at an awards ceremony by the Posse Foundation on January 2, 2014. Last year, three JPPSS students were selected to be part of the second cohort of Scholars; in 2011, eight students were selected to join the inaugural cohort of Posse New Orleans Scholars.

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