BPS high school scholars earn ‘Posse Foundation’ plaudits

Henderson K-12 Inclusion School seniors and Posse Scholarship recipients Kanbe Mao and Nick Alicea with Henderson Headmaster Tricia Lampron and Superintendent Tommy Chang. BPS photo

Twenty-four high-school students from Boston Public Schools (BPS) received the Posse Foundation Scholarship on Wed., Jan. 17 in a ceremony held at the Fairmount Copley Plaza with Governor Charlie Baker and BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang.

The Posse Foundation Scholarship—founded in 1989—is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship for students who have achieved academic excellence and demonstrated exceptional leadership potential but may be overlooked due to the traditional college selection processes.

The students selected are given the opportunity to be in a support “posse,” or a multi-cultural team of ten students that further pursue personal and academic success by spearheading campus organizations and encouraging campus programs that foster inclusivity.

Since 1999, Boston’s Posse Scholars have earned more than $129 million in leadership scholarships. This year, 60 students in total from the Boston area were awarded scholarships collectively worth $11.9 million.

Dorchester’s Posse Scholars are as follows: Madison Park Technical Vocational High School student, Ardo Ali attending Bucknell University; Henderson K-12 Inclusion School student, Nicholas Alicea attending Centre College; Boston Latin Academy student, Saphire Broxton attending Hamilton College; Boston International Newcomers Academy student, Tracey Cadet attending Bryn Mawr College; Boston Community Leadership Academy student, Shaylin Chaney-Williams attending Bryn Mawr College; Boston International Newcomers Academy student, Jossara Dias attending Union College; Boston Day and Evening Academy student, Tania Feliz Soto attending Bryn Mawr College; Margarita Muniz Academy student, Ashley Guerrero attending Centre College; TechBoston Academy student, Malik Irish attending Hamilton College; Boston Arts Academy student, Tyler Luong attending Bucknell University; John D. O’Bryant School for Mathematics and Science student, Kavoi Mutisya attending Hamilton College; and Boston Latin School student, Molly O’Halloran, attending Bucknell University.

Remaining BPS Posse Scholars include: Henderson K-12 Inclusion School student, Kanbe Mao attending Centre College; New Mission High School student, Shamar Layne attending Union College; Boston Latin School student, Maurice Malone attending Centre College; Boston Latin School student, Rachel Lee attending Bryn Mawr College; Brighton High School student, Houda Bouchouari attending Bryn Mawr College; Margarita Muniz Academy student, Humberto Diaz attending Union College; East Boston High School student, Dublas Vasquez attending Denison University; Brighton High School student, Lea Barros attending Hamilton College; Boston Latin School student, Emnet Sisay attending Hamilton College; West Roxbury Academy student, Leanne Allen attending Union College; Charlestown High School student, Gabriela Rodriguez attending Denison University; and Boston Latin Academy student, Yan Jin Huang attending Bucknell University.

“The Posse Scholars are outstanding students and our future leaders,” stated Chang. “The Posse Foundation is helping us close opportunity and achievement gaps by providing strong support for these high-performing students as they aim to excel in their college career, and life.”

The Posse Foundation is a national initiative. For more information, please visit possefoundation.org.