Twenty-three Montgomery County students—the largest number ever for the school system—will receive full-tuition, four-year college scholarships from the Posse Foundation, the school system announced in a news release.
"The Posse program identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential that may have been overlooked by traditional college selection processes," according to the statement.
The full-tuition scholarships are offered by 44 colleges and universities, which create multicultural teams—called Posses—on each campus. "These student teams receive professional guidance before and throughout college and provide support to one another. On campus, these students serve in important leadership roles," the statement added.
The county school system had 15 Posse Foundation scholarship students last year, the release said.
This year's 23 winners come from 14 schools, including one from Col. Zadok Magruder High School and three from Rockville High School.
The Rockville-area winners are:
Col. Zadok Magruder High School
- Gabrielle K. Matthews (Grinnell College).
Rockville High School
- Zhixiang Lin (Pepperdine University).
- Aaron D. Weerasinghe (Grinnell College).
- David J. Welch (University of Wisconsin-Madison).