The Posse Foundation selects three scholars from NWSA this year, and confers scholarships to attend recognizedtop tier universities
Miami -- New World School of the Arts high school is now home to a total of five distinguished Posse Foundation Scholars. Seniors Kandyse Samuel, Alexis Holliday and Emily Rivera have become the 2012 Posse Foundation Scholars and starting this fall, the young ladies will be attending their dream school on scholarships offered by the Posse Foundation. This is the third year that the Posse Foundation draws students from the Miami-Dade Public School Systems, thanks to a personal appeal made in 2009 by Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Mr. Alberto M. Carvalho.
With plans to follow a college pre-med track and foreign language studies, Kandyse Samuel will be attending the University of Pennsylvania along with her posse. Described by her guidance counselor Pamela Cabarcos as "helpful, determined, and hardworking", the vocal music student, who works part-time to contribute to her family income whilemanaging to be among the top seven percent of her class, is also highly involved in extracurricular activities. Kandyse has held office in various NWSA organizations since her freshman year, including secretary and vice-president of the Future Business Leaders of America and treasurer of the Math Honor Society.
Alexis Holliday, also from the music program, has chosen to attend Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts to major in Health Science while continuing to train her voice. "This scholarship means the world to me," said Alexis who would have attended a local Florida university otherwise. In the top 13 percent of her senior class, Alexis holds a 5.4 weighted GPA and is involved in numerous extracurricular programs, both in the school and in the community. She is communications chair of the NWSA High School Choir, and a member of the National Math Honor Society, Voices of Inspiration Club, and National Spanish Honor Society, among others. Alexis has also volunteered at the Salvation Army where she has lead the Angel Tree Project for the past seven years.
Choosing Hamilton College in Clinton New York, Emily Rivera, a dancer at NWSA, aims to earn a degree in English to then continue to pursue a career in Law. Humbled by the scholarship, Emily confesses, "The Posse Scholarship is the best thing that has ever happened to me. To this day, I am still in absolute shock that out of 1000 nominees in Miami-Dade County, I was chosen for a Posse!" Emily is in the top 13 percent of her class and, like her Posse peers, she is a highly motivated and driven student. With over 600 community service hours, she is the senior class vice-president, French Club vice-president, and an active member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. During her junior year, Emily was the president of the National Honor Society and the junior class treasurer.
The Foundation’s track record demonstrates that underrepresented, high-achieving, self-motivating students will remain in college through graduation, at higher rates, if they can share the process with members of their own group. In other words, a posse that stays together succeeds together. Posse scholars boast a 90% graduation rate, compared to the 57% national standard rate. This means that successful completion of an undergraduate program not only improves for applicants of multicultural backgrounds, but also for other ethnicities or races, including Caucasians,despite the institution’s cultural composition. Students that can rely on ready-made support groups report feeling a higher sense of worth.
The distinguished history of the New World School of the Arts began in 1984 when the Florida State Legislature established the institution to provide artistically talented high school and college students the means to achieve both an academic education and artistic training. In September 1986, NWSA opened its doors to students in grades ten through twelve. NWSA’s audition-based programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater. NWSA offers the high school diploma as well as a four-year BFA or BM college degree.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership between Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
For information about New World School of the Arts, please call at 305-237-3135 or visit nwsa.mdc.edu.
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