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For Immediate Release:
Jan. 8, 2013
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 Two APS Seniors Earn Full-Tuition Posse Scholarships
 
Wakefield High School’s Briana Rusin and Washington-Lee High School’s Natalie “Coco” Hewitt were selected as Posse Scholarship recipients. Each student will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship, worth more than $140,000 each, to a Posse Foundation partnering institutions.

Rusin, who plans to attend Pepperdine University, and Hewitt, who plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, were selected out of 1,500 nominees nationwide.

The Posse Scholarship is a leadership and diversity program that started in 1989. Posse Scholars utilize their leadership skills to create a learning environment that is welcoming to students from all backgrounds.

Scholars are nominated by either their high school counselors or a community-based organization. Students participated in a rigorous selection process, called the Dynamic Assessment Process, from September through December. The process included three rounds of interviews.

At the end of the interview process, each student met with a team of people from the college or university of their choice, including the Dean of Admissions, tenured faculty and the school’s president. Scholars were then selected through collaboration between Posse staff and the partnering institutions.