St. Francis Senior Christopher Hidalgo Granted A Four-Year-Full Tuition Scholarship to Pepperdine University from Posse Foundation

Congratulations to St. Francis senior Christopher Hidalgo ’17 on receiving a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to Pepperdine University from the Posse Foundation! Because of their assistance and encouragement, Christopher asked Mr. Dan Pelletier and Mr. Mike Clapp, two of St. Francis’ remarkable college counselors, to join him at the awards ceremony on January 4th at LA Live for his induction into the Pepperdine Posse.

Posse started in 1989 because of one student who said, “I never would have dropped out of college if I had my posse with me.” The Posse Foundation identifies high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. The Foundation extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students. The Foundation’s partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.

This year there were 2600 students from the LA area nominated for this prestigious award (by their high schools or other community based organizations). Nominees participated in three rounds of interviews, two of which were unconventional group interaction-type activities where Posse staff observed the students in action.

Out of the 2600 students nominated, only 100 students were selected. Nationally, 17,000 students were nominated for only 700 Posse Scholarships. St. Francis High School is so proud of Christopher for being one of the few selected for this incredible honor because of his unparalleled academic and leadership potential.

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