20 APS high school students earn half of Posse Atlanta’s full-tuition scholarships to premier colleges

Twenty of the 40 local high school students awarded four-year, full-tuition scholarships to attend four premier colleges and universities by The Posse Atlanta Foundation are APS students. The students, who attend seven APS high schools, will be honored during a ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, at the Georgia-Pacific Auditorium (133 Peachtree St., N.E., Atlanta, GA 30303). Students are selected for the program based on academic excellence and outstanding leadership.

The Posse Foundation recruits and trains outstanding young people from urban high schools and sends them in multicultural teams called “posses” to elite colleges and universities with full-tuition scholarships. During a rigorous eight-month training program, the students address team building, cross-cultural communication, leadership and academic excellence. This program puts the students in a position to arrive on campus in the fall well prepared to meet the challenges of college-level academic work and campus life. The scholarship recipients will attend Bard College, Boston University, Brandeis University and the College of Wooster.

Below is a list of the APS students who will be awarded Posse Foundation scholarships at Thursday’s event.


First Name Last Name High Schools
Bria Bacon Benjamin E. Mays HS
Shelby Garcia Henry W. Grady HS
Alexander Page Henry W. Grady HS
Adelaide Ruff Henry W. Grady HS
Christeina Wade Carver School of the Arts



First Name Last Name High Schools
Jenna Bhaloo North Atlanta HS
Asha Haki-Tyler Henry W. Grady HS
James Russell North Atlanta HS
Taylor Walker Henry W. Grady HS
Elise Yancey Henry W. Grady HS



First Name Last Name High Schools
Stacy Finley Washington Senior Academy
Kofi Hodge Washington Senior Academy
Jemesh Hunter Benjamin E. Mays HS



First Name Last Name High Schools
Brittany-Dawn Baker Frederick Douglass HS
Adam Brinson Therrell Technology HS
Shauntia Cobb Carver Early College
Sydney Jones North Atlanta HS
Terry Mathis Therrell Health HS
Najiyah McKinney Washington Senior Academy
Christian Vinson Benjamin E. Mays HS

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