Forest Park, IL...Monet Jackson has been an active leader during her years at Proviso Math and Science Academy.
That leadership recently led to her being named a Posse Scholar, meaning she has received a full-tuition scholarship courtesy of the Posse Foundation. The Posse Foundation, with sites across the country including Chicago, selects public high school students with "extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes," according to the group’s website. The Posse Foundation then places its selected students in teams of 10 to continue to "pursue personal and academic excellence," the website said.
Jackson, 17 and a PMSA senior, was involved in the Key Club during her freshman and sophomore years, and for the last two years, has been a leader in Youth Encouraging Success (YES). She said that she was excited to find out that she has been selected for the scholarship.
"It was a great opportunity," Jackson said. "I literally started crying when I got the scholarship. I know this is my road to success."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that recognizing leadership potential in students is key to their development as leaders in high school and beyond.
"Every student is capable of being a leader in some way with the people around them," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "With programs such as this one, we are able to build on that leadership potential and encourage the students to be all that they can be."
Jackson said that she now will attend weekly training sessions that will help prepare her for college at Agnes Scott College, a women’s college in Decatur, Georgia. She said that she plans to major in business with a minor in communications, with hopes of going into business in fashion design after college. While in school, though, she said that she plans to continue working to be a leader.
"When we get to college, we’ll have to change the world," Jackson said.
Kim Echols, principal at PMSA, said that Jackson is an "extremely well rounded student" who will do well in college.
"The experiences that she will garner as a Posse scholar will allow her to meet and collaborate with students internationally," Ms. Echols said. "It is this level of diversity that will allow her to continue to grow to new heights. I am extremely proud of her and all that she has accomplished."