Each fall high school students are nominated by their schools and community organizations to the Posse Foundation for their leadership and academic potential. The foundation’s partner colleges and universities award full merit-based leadership scholarships to multicultural teams of 10 students each (posses) who attend college together. The students have weekly meetings and programs with their group on campus and are expected to maintain good grades throughout their college years. This year Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School is home to three Posse Foundation scholarship recipients: Sopulu Anidobu, Amber Haywood and Malik Sims.
Anidobu of Homewood will attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., where she plans to study microbiology on a pre-med track. At H-F, she participates in a long list of activities: Viking Orchestra, badminton, student government, pre-med club, French club, National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society.
Haywood of Flossmoor will attend Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., to major in Biology and Society, which she says is a combination of biology and the humanities. She is also on a pre-med track. Haywood has been a four-year member of the Girls Golf team and student government and has also been a participant in the National Honor Society. Earlier this year, she presented a workshop on stress for her fellow students.
Sims of Chicago Heights will attend Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., where he will choose a course of study later next year. While at H-F, he has been a member on the speech, chess and lacrosse teams, and has participated with DECA, Mu Alpha Theta, H-F Ambassadors, FMC club and the National Honor Society. He has also served as the host of the H-F Steppers Showcase the past two years.
After the initial application process last May, the students participated in three rounds of interviews, culminating in the scholarship decision last month. They are now among the nearly 7,000 students who have been awarded Posse scholarships since 1989. According to Homewood-Flossmoor Superintendent Dr. Von Mansfield, the Posse Foundation is a nationally renown organization. Posse scholars graduate from college at a rate of 90 percent and make a visible difference on their campuses and throughout their professional careers.
“It is amazing — but not surprising — that Homewood-Flossmoor has three students who have been selected based on their leadership abilities and academic achievements this year,” says Dr. Mansfield. “We are extremely proud of their accomplishments and commend each student’s outstanding efforts.”