Two KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate Students Chosen as Posse Scholars

Lynn, MA – December 19, 2019 – Two KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate students have been chosen as Posse Scholars, which awards full scholarships to students with extraordinary leadership and academic potential, and places them at highly selective colleges and universities as part of a group of 10 students from the same city. This “posse” of students receives support and development from their senior year of high school through their time on campus. Posse is one of the most successful college scholarship and support systems in the country, with a 90% graduation rate and over 9,000 alumni.

Jorge Trejo Fernandez and Brian Leon have both been at KIPP since 5th grade. They both are peer counseling leaders and members of the Black Student Union. Brian is on the student council and Jorge plays for the basketball team. Both are excited for their next step and were relieved to have the college process end early with an outstanding result.

“I got the call from the Posse Boston office last week,” said Jorge. ‘They asked me how I thought my interview went and I said good, that I did my best. Then they said  how would you like to be part of the Centre College Posse Class of 2024? I said I would like that very much! Then I heard a bunch of cheering and clapping from the other people in the office, and I was just really excited.”

Both students first heard about Posse through Mr. Alvaro Peters, who was a teacher and is now an Assistant Principal at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate.  “He was always talking about being a Posse Scholar at Union and encouraged us to think about it but I never thought I would actually be chosen,” says Brian. “Over a thousand people are nominated so the chances seem slim, but with every passing round there are fewer people.”

Upon learning that Brian and Jorge had been chosen as Posse scholars, Mr. Peters said, “I’m far more excited, proud and energized that these young men received Posse than I was even for myself, when I was awarded it so many years ago! If you knew the extent to how truly awesome they are, you would understand why. Let this serve as a reminder of the power of human connection, for the college counseling team and I are simply paying our blessings forward and are certain these young men will carry the torch.”

When asked about why they chose Centre, Brian said, “I chose Centre because I want to eventually become a lawyer, and I wanted to major in history and minor in social justice, which I will be able to do there.” He adds, “For me, going to school in Kentucky is going to be a major change. I’ve never even been on an airplane before. I am excited to get myself ready for the whole experience.”

Jorge says, “Centre was my first choice because of the Centre Commitment. They said that you will graduate in four years, have an internship opportunity, and study abroad. I liked how they didn’t say these are options, but they commit that it will happen.” He adds, “I feel like I have been stressing myself out with the whole college process, so now that it’s over I can mentally prepare and relax.”


About the Posse Foundation:

Since 1989, The Posse Foundation has identified, recruited and trained more than 9,200 public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership. These students have received a total of $1.4 billion in full-tuition leadership scholarships from Posse’s partner colleges since the program’s inception. Most important, Posse Scholars persist and graduate at a rate of 90 percent and make a visible difference on campus and throughout their professional careers. Posse’s ultimate goal is to build a leadership network that better represents the country’s rich diversity.

About KIPP Massachusetts

KIPP Massachusetts is part of a non-profit network of college preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP MA operates five public charter schools across Boston and Lynn, serving more than 2,000 students in grades K-12. KIPP MA has a 15-year track record of preparing students in educationally under-served communities for success in college and life.

About KIPP

KIPP is a non-profit network of college-preparatory public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. There are 242 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia educating over 100,000 students on their path to and through college, careers, and life. KIPP believes that great teachers and school leaders, a supportive learning environment, and an emphasis on both academics and character are the foundation for student success. KIPP students complete college at a rate that is above the national average for all students and four times higher than that of students from similar economic backgrounds.

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KIPP Receives $5,000 award from Ron Hutter of GE

Lynn, MA- December 17, 2019- Ron Hutter, Vice President- Turboshaft Engine Sales at GE Aviation, and KIPP Massachusetts Fund Board President, was honored with a career achievement award at GE Aviation’s Annual Leadership Meeting. He received the Military Systems Operation Customer Advocacy Award in recognition of his career achievements in building strong customer relationships, advocating for customers and finding solutions that have both satisfied their needs and delivered significant sales growth for GE Aviation. Ron is the Sales Executive leading Military Engine and Services Sales for GE. He has worked at GE for 34 years and at Lynn’s GE location for 12 years.

The award comes with a $5,000 donation to the non-profit of the winner’s choice, and Ron has generously decided to choose KIPP Massachusetts as the recipient. Ron has been involved with KIPP Massachusetts for the past twelve years. He has coordinated volunteer events based on STEM education and participated in STEM events at KIPP and in Lynn. He has also served as the KIPP Massachusetts Fund Board President for the past two years. On December 17th, Ron presented the award to KIPP MA students.

Caleb Dolan, KIPP Massachusetts Executive Director says, “Ron deeply believes in the power and potential of the students and families of Lynn. Since he first arrived at GE Aviation, Ron has been a champion for our students, providing opportunities for field learning, connecting GE volunteers to schools, and increasing access for science and engineering.”

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Two KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate Students Awarded QuestBridge Match Scholarship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lynn, MA- December 5, 2019- Two KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate students have been awarded the QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship, which connects high-achieving low-income high school seniors with full four-year scholarships to the nation’s top colleges and universities. The scholarship covers tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and travel expenses. Hermon Kaysha will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Destin Fernandes will attend Stanford University. QuestBridge received 14,926 applications for the Match Scholarship and 1,127 students were awarded the scholarship.

Hermon Kaysha immigrated with his family to Lynn from Ethiopia in 2018. When he came to KIPP, he didn’t speak English but felt completely welcomed by the students and teachers. He learned about QuestBridge last year from a senior and decided to apply. “I never thought that I was going to apply to an elite college. When I was selected as a finalist it was my biggest achievement. Last Monday I found out I was matched to MIT, which is my dream school. It’s just a dream come true. It was the best day of my life, I will never forget it.” At KIPP, Hermon started the Math Club and was a teaching assistant in precalculus. He intends to major in math and hopes to discover his own theorem one day.

Destin Fernandes started at KIPP in eighth grade. He said the QuestBridge application process was rigorous and time consuming, but the end result makes it all worth it. “When I saw I got into Stanford, I screamed. I put it on my list just to put it on there, because I knew it would carry over to regular decision when I didn’t get in. I had no thought that I would actually get in. I was crying and just couldn’t believe it.” At KIPP, Destin is the co-President of the National Honor Society, does slam poetry with Indigo Society Poets, and is part of the Innocence Project club. Destin also works 30 hours per week at a movie theatre and takes Composition I at North Shore Community College. Destin intends to major in sociology and wants to become a civil rights lawyer or a public defender in the future.  

KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate Principal Emily DoBell says, “Every now and then, incredible things happen for incredible people. This was one of those times. I cannot express how excited I am for the communities of MIT and Stanford and all that Hermon and Destin will add to those spaces.”

 

About KIPP Massachusetts

KIPP Massachusetts is part of a non-profit network of college preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP MA operates five public charter schools across Boston and Lynn, serving more than 2,000 students in grades K-12. KIPP MA has a 15-year track record of preparing students in educationally under-served communities for success in college and life.

About KIPP

KIPP is a non-profit network of college-preparatory public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. There are 242 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia educating over 100,000 students on their path to and through college, careers, and life. KIPP believes that great teachers and school leaders, a supportive learning environment, and an emphasis on both academics and character are the foundation for student success. KIPP students complete college at a rate that is above the national average for all students and four times higher than that of students from similar economic backgrounds.

About QuestBridge

QuestBridge, a national non-profit based in Palo Alto, California, connects the nation’s most exceptional low-income youth with leading institutions of higher education to further life opportunities. By recruiting, developing, and motivating these students- beginning in high school through college to their early career- QuestBridge aims to help talented low-income students attend the nations’ best colleges and to support them to achieve success in their respective careers and communities.  

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