Deasy pushes competition for major scholarship

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006

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Marcy Mistrett, left, director of the Posse Foundation D.C., shares a laugh with Forestville Military Academy student Leslie Hall before a press conference announcing a new $4 million scholarship program for county students at Flowers High School on Monday. Hall is a candidate for a $100,000 scholarship aimed at recruiting and training student leaders.

Schools CEO John Deasy is encouraging Prince George's high school students to compete for one of 40 college scholarships worth $100,000 each, made available by the Posse Foundation of the District.

‘‘I don’t know of any senior who could not use $100,000 to help pay for your education,” Deasy told students and faculty at Charles Herbert Flowers High School today.

Guidance counselors have been working with the Posse Foundation since 2004 to nominate students for these scholarships, and so far, nine county students have received the regional award.

The deadline for guidance counselors and community leaders to make their nominations is Tuesday, Sept. 19 and then students compete in exercises sponsored by the foundation to determine a winner.

‘‘We want to make sure no one misses this opportunity,” said schools spokesman John White.

Among those nominated for this school year is student school board member Leslie Hall, a senior at Forestville Military Academy in Forestville.

He said he was initially unaware that his guidance counselor had nominated him for the scholarship but was happy to compete for it.

Students from the Washington metropolitan area will have the opportunity to go to four top colleges: Bucknell University and Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, Grinnell College in Iowa and Sewannee, The University of the South in Tennessee.

‘‘It was a surprise, most definitely,” Hall, of Capitol Heights, said. ‘‘It’s $100,000 and I’m not passing that up, I don’t care -- even if it’s one college.”

Seniors who are nominated are interviewed by an interview panel at the Posse Foundation. The foundation searches for students with ‘‘academic promise,” said Marcy Mistrett, foundation director.

‘‘They have to be hungry for college,” Mistrett said.

She added that participation in athletics, student government, extracurricular activities and community service also played a role a senior’s winning the scholarship.

Student graduates from Charles H. Flowers, Friendly, Bowie, Suitland, Bladensburg and Crossland high schools are going to college with Posse Foundation support.

For more information on competing for the scholarship, call 202-293-3800 or visit the Posse Foundation’s Web site at

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