Kenny Buckner, a senior at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, is bound for the Empire State thanks to a full-tuition scholarship made possible through an academic partnership between Syracuse University and The Posse Foundation.
Kenny is active in a number of service activities: the national Horizons Program, a summer enrichment program providing academics and cultural awareness activities; Holy Innocents’ Student Diversity Leadership Council, focusing on cross-cultural community and social justice; and the Change a Life club, mentoring at-risk primary school students through tutoring, after school events and fundraising at the Sandy Springs Mission.
The senior, along with being a top student, speaks to The Posse Foundation’s goal to recruit, award and train extraordinary students with leadership and academic potential.
Holy Innocents’ Director of Community Outreach and Admissions, Kenny White, said he noticed Kenny’s abilities upon entering the school. He said that Kenny “has blossomed and developed his love of learning since coming to Holy Innocents’, and that his intellectual curiosity, aptitude and sense of service makes him a great candidate for Posse. He has shown a great dedication to a rigorous course load, passion for social justice, and community initiatives and participation, in various other endeavors.”
The Posse Foundation, founded in 1989, selects high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential and sends them in groups, called Posses, to some of the top colleges and universities in the country. Each Posse is a multicultural team with 10 members. The nominated student must make it through a process of essays, three rounds of interviews, researching and selecting the college or university they want to call home, if selected for their city’s Posse.
With program across the country, the Posse Foundation and its institutional partners have awarded over $688 million in four-year, full-tuition merit scholarships to more than 5,500 Posse Scholars since 1989.
Kenny is one of 10 students selected by Posse Atlanta, and he and his peers in the class of 2015 will be the fourth class of Posse Scholars for Syracuse University.
When speaking with Kenny at the Posse offices in downtown Atlanta, the interview site, he mentioned how grateful he was for the opportunity to be nominated. “Receiving the Posse scholarship has proven to me that with hard work comes success,” he said. “To be able to earn a full tuition ride to college and create a new family with nine other people is life changing.”
Kenny will attend Syracuse University.
This article was prepared by Elizabeth Lamar, a student at Riverwood International Charter School.