Eighth class of Posse Scholars coming to Centre this fall
February 28, 2013 By Elizabeth Trollinger
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This fall, 640 students will become Posse Scholars at schools across the country—including ten from Boston who will join Centre College’s Class of 2017.
In a ceremony on Jan. 3, these high school seniors were officially named the eighth class of Posse Scholars at Centre.
Centre’s partnership with the Posse Foundation has been fruitful over the years.
“Since 2005, Centre College has been an outstanding Posse partner, welcoming students from Boston and providing them with a first-rate, transformative college experience,” says Deborah Bial, president and founder of the Posse Foundation. “I have been so impressed with John Roush and the entire Centre team. Centre’s administration and faculty have invested a great deal in their Posse Scholars, and we are very proud to partner with them.”
This class of Posse Scholars is already excited about coming to Centre.
“Their enthusiasm is unprecedented. It’s like combining the energy of the first seven Posses all in one,” says Admission Fellow Gregory Chery ’11, a member of the second class of Posse Scholars at Centre. “Nine of the ten Scholars came to Centre’s diversity meeting, and they just loved it. I’ve never seen so much Posse energy.”
Students who come to Centre from Boston with the Posse Foundation bring a wealth of diversity and perspective to campus.
“Posse has changed the cultural landscape—it shows students we are invested in diversity at all levels,” says Sarah Miller, assistant director of Admission.
“People who were here before Posse are amazed at how dynamics on campus have changed,” Chery adds.
As a Posse Scholar himself, Chery knows what the experience will be like for these students at Centre—and how their time at Centre is mutually beneficial.
“It was challenging, but it was a rewarding challenge, because it forced us to step out of our comfort zone. Centre is exposing these students to a new culture,” he says. “It’s a win-win. Sometimes we can’t see until we graduate that being in a different region helped us see things we wouldn’t have seen otherwise.”
This new class of Posse Scholars will further influence the fabric of the Centre experience.
“They should have pride—they’re pioneers here,” Chery says. “They’re changing dynamics here at Centre.”
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