January 29, 2019 – Roswell High School Senior Khadija Wade has received the POSSE Scholarship to attend Brandeis University. She is one of 10 students from the Atlanta area chosen for this full tuition scholarship.
Wade officially received her scholarship award at a ceremony on January 10 at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. She is the first Roswell High School student to receive this prestigious scholarship.
Wade tutors other students through several school-based organizations including National French Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta (the mathematics honor society), and serves her community through clubs such as Habitat for Humanity and the UNICEF club where she serves as treasurer and has been a member for all four years of high school.
“Khadija grew up in a household where English was not the first language spoken by family members,” said Roswell High School French teacher Barbara Bell. “Her mother recounts that Khadija’s diligence ultimately resulted in her placement in advanced reading, with little help from non-English speaking family at home. Whether she is excelling in a new language, honing her public speaking skills or discovering how to balance an after-school job with academics, Khadija believes in herself and her ability to overcome obstacles.”
The POSSE Foundation selects multicultural students with great potential who represent the diverse population of future leaders and places them in groups of 10 for support and encouragement. Chosen students receive mentoring and full-tuition scholarships from partner institutions. The graduation rate of POSSE Scholars is over 90 percent. Since 1989, POSSE Scholars have been awarded over $1 billion in scholarship money from their institutions. The program recruits students from 10 metropolitan areas across the United States, including Atlanta.
Brandeis University is in Waltham, Mass., and has about 5,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Wade plans to pursue a career in the medical field.
“One of the most important things that we try to teach our students at Roswell is to work hard and be ready when opportunities present themselves,” explained Dr. Robert Shaw, Principal. “Khadija has done that and she has so much to be proud of. I also am impressed with the POSSEE Foundation and can assure them that could not have selected a better student than Khadija as a scholarship recipient. Our entire community is excited for her.”
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