CCSC Senior Named Posse Scholar

CCSC senior Janika Beatty of Malden was named a 2013 Posse Scholar by the Posse Foundation, and will attend Hamilton College on a full-tuition, four-year scholarship. Janika, who came to CCSC in the 9th grade, is the fourth CCSC senior to be awarded a Posse Scholarship since the school’s first graduating class in 2009. Our prior Posse Scholars are Rachel Jean-Louis ’09, Denison University; Farhan Altaf ’11, Bucknell University; and Kidus Moges ’11, Bucknell University.

An honor roll student and National Honor Society member, Janika plays softball and has been involved in The Possible Project, the CCSC Outdoor Club, prom and yearbook committees, and peer tutoring. She works outside of school for a media company and interned last summer at Tufts Medical Center. Since 2010, she has participated in emersonWRITES.

Janika’s advisor, math teacher Tabitha Schober, says, “Janika’s commitment to hard work is an inspiration to me as a teacher. She and other students like her are the reason why I work that extra hour in the evening or give up a day of vacation to grade papers. She is the change I hope to see in the world!”

CCSC College Counselor Nadira Hairston says, “This year we nominated several students for Posse Scholarships. Each of them was deserving and worthy, but Janika’s application stood out not only for the strength of her transcript and her exceptional work ethic, but because of the personal challenges she has overcome, which she compellingly described in her college essay. We are so proud of what she has accomplished as a student at CCSC and are grateful to the Posse Foundation for recognizing her great potential. We know she will make the most of her college experience and look forward to seeing where a Hamilton degree takes her.”

Head of School Caleb Hurst-Hiller adds, “The selection process for Posse is incredibly rigorous.  Janika’s selection thus really illustrates the extent to which she has done so much during her high school career.  Posse looks for tomorrow’s leaders.  I can safely say that the CCSC community has been witnessing Janika lead since she joined us as a freshman.  Hamilton College students and faculty will doubtless be enriched by her presence.  Articulate and endearing, it’s easy to overlook Janika’s fierce intellect.  She writes beautifully and has overcome the odds, despite being confronted with myriad obstacles.  I am so proud of her.”

About the Posse Foundation and Scholars

Founded in 1989, the Posse Foundation awards full-tuition, four-year merit scholarships to high school seniors from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate exceptional leadership and academic potential. Prospective Posse Scholars are nominated by high school affiliates in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, and Washington, D.C.. and go through a rigorous selection process, starting in the spring of junior year. The Posse Scholars become one of a “posse” of ten students at their respective colleges, who receive mentoring and support, starting in the spring of their senior year in high school through their undergraduate experience, to ensure that they make a successful transition to college, stay in school and complete their degrees. The Posse Foundation also offers its Scholars career counseling services, access to internships and alumni networking opportunities. 

Currently there are over 1,600 Posse Scholars enrolled in the foundation’s 44 partner colleges and universities nationally. Since its inception the Posse Foundation has awarded about $485 million of college scholarships to over 4,200 students.