On January 4, 2018, Courtney Copeland, a Galloway School senior and UNL Leadership Academy student, was named as a Posse Scholar Recipient. Courtney will receive a four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarship to attend George Washington University where she wants to study Biology with a minor in Journalism.
Courtney heard about the scholarship originally from Breakthrough Atlanta, and was nominated by mentor Careshia Moore and coordinator Thomas Springer. Courtney was nominated based on her excellent academic record with a 3.5 GPA and her leadership potential.
This was not a typical college scholarship application process for the Posse Scholarship; it was all in person interviews. Courtney learned that the way to get through it is to be yourself. ‘If you know how to take initiative, it should come easy to you. You have to tell why you want it, and why you want to attend the school you’ve selected, and really sell yourself. The 1st interview was in large groups. The 2nd was one on one. The 3rd was with the college you’ve selected. The key word to the whole process is Leadership. They want to see people who aren’t afraid to make change or stand up to issues and speak up for others,” reflected Courtney. Posse scholar, Kayla Rhoden and UNL MIT, a junior at Syracuse University provided her wisdom and guidance throughout the process.
Usher’s New Look was pivotal in helping Courtney by offering her exposure into different careers and insight on what can be done during and after college. She was nominated for the Posse Scholarship by UNL and Thomas Springer provided her advice on how to manage the interview process. Courtney plans on giving back to UNL by speaking to students about her passion and about the Posse Scholarship experience.
The Posse Foundation Scholarship program identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. The Foundation extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students. The Foundation’s partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.