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Posse Foundation Recognizes SAS Seniors

Miami, January 14, 2010 - Joseph Vick and Catalina ArangoThree Schools for Advanced Studies seniors have been chosen by the Posse Foundation to receive four-year full tuition college scholarships.   The Posse Foundation assists 37 partner universities identify and recruit exceptional groups of diverse students. The application process includes an extensive application, several group and personal interviews, a review of the student’s academic record, and school and community involvement.  Each applicant must also submit multiple letters of recommendation.  The students compete against thousands of students throughout Miami-Dade County. One of the Posse Foundation goals is to help students to enhance their cross-cultural communication, leadership, and academic skills during their undergraduate study.  Posse currently has sites in seven major cities across the United States: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., and now Miami.
"We're thrilled to open in Miami with the University of Pennsylvania as our lead partner," Deborah Bial, president and founder of The Posse Foundation, said. "With over 350,000 students and the second largest minority-serving school system in the country, the Miami-Dade County Public Schools is an ideal home for Posse’s newest program chapter."

Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, described the Posse program as “exactly the kind of initiative that is needed to help ensure that students who show promise and intelligence have access to a first-rate college education.”  
Daniel Mesa and Kaila BridgemanOf the first Posse scholarships offered in Miami to the Class of 2010, three have been awarded to SAS students: Joseph Vick, Homestead Campus; Catalina Arango, Kendall Campus; and Daniel Mesa, Wolfson Campus.     
Another student, Kaila Bridgeman from Homestead, was so impressive in her interview process that University of Pennsylvania offered her a separate full tuition scholarship not affiliated with Posse.  
The School for Advanced Studies, named number 15 among high schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine, is the only full-time dual enrollment Miami-Dade County high school.  SAS provides students with an academically challenging and personally nurturing transition between secondary and college study. 
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