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Sixteen MCPS Students Receive Full-Tuition Posse Scholarships

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Sixteen Montgomery County Public Schools students have been named recipients of full-tuition, four-year scholarships from the Posse Foundation. The Posse program identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential that may have been overlooked by traditional college selection processes.

Nationally, more than 60 colleges and universities each offer full-tuition, merit scholarships to students throughout the country and create multicultural teams—called Posses—on each campus. These student teams receive professional guidance before and throughout college and provide support to one another.

On campus, these students serve in important leadership roles. The students will be honored at a ceremony today (Jan. 3) at the Lincoln Theatre.

This year’s recipients come from 12 high schools and will attend six different colleges and universities. The Posse Scholar students from MCPS and the colleges they will be attending are:

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School

Nolawit Mekonnen, Sewanee: The University of the South

James Hubert Blake High School

Nevaeh-Lyonelle Forbin, Lewis & Clark College
Gaelle Rosius, Bucknell University
Aaron Wallace, Sewanee: The University of the South

Clarksburg High School

Navya Koganti, University of Rochester

Thomas Edison High School of Technology

Gabriela Blanco Reyes, Lafayette College

Gaithersburg High School

Valeria Lopez, Bucknell University
Ishara Sainju, University of Rochester

Walter Johnson High School

Loic Nsoga-Mohab, Bucknell University

Northwest High School

Katherine Gardiner, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Paint Branch High School

Sandra Djayeola, Lafayette College
Melody Segal, University of Rochester

Rockville High School

Nicolas Rozo, Lafayette College

Springbrook High School

Camila Polanco, Sewanee: The University of the South

Watkins Mill High School

Olivier Payen, University of Rochester

Wheaton High School

Jeffers Monteil, University of Rochester