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Scholar of Excellence: PMSA Student Selected to Prestigious POSSE Program Receives Full Scholarship

January 13, 2012 08:30 AM
Forest Park, IL...With a 3.7 G.P.A. and an ACT score well above the state average, Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy senior, Charles Griggs, is on his way. He recently competed with nearly 5,000 students from across Chicagoland to become a part of the prestigious POSSE program. Through the program, Charles has secured a leadership scholarship of over $54,000 per year to attend Middlebury College in Vermont. At Middlebury, Charles will take on environmental studies and bio-chemistry with the goal of becoming a doctor.

"It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Griggs as he marveled at the great possibilities that a scholarship such as this affords. "It is one that encourages me, inspires me, and motivates me to do more. I want to take full advantage of this [scholarship opportunity]. I look forward to developing a greater appreciation for academics, and I’m looking forward to seeing what college is like."

Since 1989, The POSSE Foundation has identified, recruited and trained 3,665 public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential to become POSSE Scholars. These students—many of whom might have been overlooked by traditional college selection processes—receive four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships from POSSE’s partner institutions of higher education. Most importantly, studies show that POSSE Scholars graduate at a rate of 90 percent and make a visible difference on campus and throughout their professional careers. The POSSE program will offer leadership training and support for Charles as he finishes his senior year and prepares for the next step to Middlebury. Middlebury College is one of the most highly regarded liberal arts colleges in the country.  That is where Charles Griggs can begin to live out his dream—a dream that his parents always hoped would come true.

"Just being Charles’ parent, I am totally overwhelmed," said Mr. Griggs (Charles Griggs, Sr.). "This is one of my proudest moments as a father. My wife and I are overwhelmed with his accomplishments. We have always encouraged Charles to dream. We taught him that if you put in the work, your dreams are attainable. We encouraged him to study and to not settle for being average.  We are so proud. It’s still sinking in. What he has attained is just remarkable."

Mr. Griggs acknowledged that he and Mrs. Griggs helped to encourage Charles, but there are others who also played a role.

"Charles has always been goal oriented and his hard work is paying off," he said. "We as parents did our job, but PMSA has also played a large part in his accomplishments as well. The teachers, the counselors, everyone has played a role in his success, and that just makes us feel good."

Charles agreed.

"It it weren’t for PMSA, none of this would be possible," he said. "The connections and the teachers who are really dedicated helped me to get where I want to be."

Congratulations, Charles! We are proud of you!


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