The Posse Foundation has identified three Helen Cox students as finalists: seniors Saul Amezcua, Daisha Lebeau, and Edward Scott. These three extraordinary students have persevered through two strenuous rounds of elimination and outlasted more than 100 others to make it to the finals.
The Posse scholarship is one of the more prestigious scholarships in the country. It offers urban students with leadership and academic potential the opportunity to gain access to some of the best schools in the country. The New Orleans branch offers full tuition scholarships to Tulane University, Bard College, and Grinnel College. Tulane is the best university in the state of Louisiana and the 54th ranked university in the nation (ranked by U.S. News and World Reports). It is known worldwide for its Law School and is home of the only School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Grinnel College is a lesser known private liberal arts institution, known for its Social Sciences and Biological Science programs (its most popular majors). Grinnel is also one of the few schools in the nation that meets 100% of financial aid needed. Bard College is also a private liberal arts institution known for its music and English Language programs.
Daisha Lebeau, our finalists for Tulane, is also our current salutatorian, Daisha said that her reason for choosing Tulane was for their outstanding neuroscience program. Her goal has always been to be the best neuroscience that the world has ever seen. In Daisha’s own words, “I want to be the best to graduate from the best.”
Our finalist for Bard College is Saul Amezcua. He decided that Bard was the school for him because he has always wanted to leave New Orleans. He feels that Bard is ”far enough from New York City so that he will focus on school, but close enough so that he can experience the city on weekends if he has a chance. Those trips to NYC will most likely be used making connections, as Saul says his dream is to ultimately be the first latino president of the United States of America.
Lastly, our finalist for Grinnel is Edward “Chip” Scott. He was enticed by Grinnel’s superb science programs. The soccer team was also a great draw in for Helen Cox’s soccer captain. Edward plans on majoring in chemical engineering, as his goal in life, if not playing Major League Soccer, is to become a petroleum engineer.
Article by Roderick Daniels