The Posse Foundation identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential
Ten Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) students were selected for full-tuition, four-year college scholarships from the Posse Foundation, a program which identifies public high school students with outstanding academic and leadership potential but have been overlooked by the traditional college selection process. Out of these ten MCPS students, three Blair seniors were selected: Marc Monteil, Darien Price and Samuel Teshome.
The first step to applying for the Posse Scholarship is to be nominated either by another scholar, administrator or teacher. There are a series of three interviews, both individual and with one's posse group. Rather than focusing on SAT scores and grades, the interviewers focus on the student's personality, leadership skills and values. "They look more into what you do outside of school, how you are as a leader, how you treat other people and what your beliefs are. It's not as much about your grades but the kind of person you are," Monteil said.
According to Price, the process also includes several group activities that give the students an opportunity to get to know their posse groups. "You get into small groups and do teamwork activities, like creating a PSA [Public Service Announcement] or building a little lego sculpture... It's a chance to show our leadership and community skills," Price said.
The Posse Foundation emphasizes the importance of a group of diverse students who have great academic potential, an ability to work well as a team and exceptional leadership skills. Price enjoyed the process of applying and appreciated the dedication the trainers have for each student in a posse group. "They really apply themselves. It's very untraditional and helps a lot of students who are struggling to pass the test scores," said Price. Monteil encourages other students to apply when they are nominated, because many have ignored the opportunity and regretted it. "I would encourage future seniors to apply. It might not be a guarantee you will get in, but just give it a try, you get to meet really great people. A lot of people made the mistake of ignoring it, so definitely apply if you get the opportunity," Monteil said.
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