Atlanta students earn Posse Foundation scholarships

Twenty Atlanta Public Schools seniors have earned Posse Foundation scholarships to attend college next fall, and will be recognized for the honor Thursday during a ceremony at the Georgia-Pacific Auditorium downtown.

The students, from seven different Atlanta high schools, were selected based on academic excellence and outstanding leadership. They will attend Bard College, Boston University, Brandeis University and the College of Wooster.

The Posse Foundation recruits urban public high school students nationwide for the program, which starts with an eight-month training program to encourage team building, communication and preparedness for college life. It then sends students in groups to elite colleges and universities with four-year, full-tuition scholarships.

The foundation's scholars graduate at a rate of 90 percent. It was selected in March by President Barack Obama to receive a portion of his $1.4 million Nobel Peace Prize cash award, which he donated to charitable causes.