Congratulations to Science Club’s Jordan Ellis-Pugh, recipient of a Posse Foundation Scholarship! Senior at Prospect Hill Academy and Somerville- native, Ellis-Pugh was recently chosen from more than 17,000 students across the country in recognition of her excellence in STEM and leadership achievements. For two years, Ellis-Pugh served as a Science Club Junior Mentor at Northeastern University. Working as co-teacher alongside college-level and professional mentors, she led club activities and science lessons for girls in grades K-5.
Since 1989, the Posse Foundation has partnered with colleges and universities to award four-year, full-tuition scholarships. Through the Posse model— a system organizing students into supportive, multicultural teams of ten— Posse has enabled their recipients to achieve academic and personal success. This success, which translates to a 90 percent scholar graduation rate, also fosters future innovation. The Posse STEM program, in particular, hopes to recruit students and instill the importance of science and technology as a contribution to national health security and global competitiveness.
Over the course of their history, Posse has awarded $1.1 billion in scholarships to 7,733 pupils. This year alone, 60 students from the Boston-area will be granted a collective $11.6 million. A national initiative, with chapters in major cities like Atlanta, Boston, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, and Washington, D.C., Posse hopes to make college accessible and inspire diverse leaders. Ellis-Pugh who will be attending Bryn Mawr next fall will undoubtedly embody these leadership qualities and as Posse’s mission states, “serve as a catalyst for increased individual and community development.”