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San Gabriel Mission High School Senior Named Grinnell Posse Scholar

By JoAnne Disney

By JoAnne Disney

San Gabriel Mission High School is proud to announce that senior, Jaclyn Abing, has been named a Grinnell Posse Scholar. There were over 2,500 nominations from Los Angeles alone, and only 10 openings for Grinnell College.

The Posse Foundation started in 1989 when a student dropped out of college and claimed that, “I never would have dropped out of college if I had my posse with me.”  According to Posse’s website, “that simple idea of sending a group of students to college together to act as a support system for one another was the impetus for a program that today has become one of the most comprehensive college access programs in the United States.” In addition, the Posse Foundation “partners with 44 partner colleges and universities in 18 states.”

The application and nomination process started in August of 2012. To select the scholars, there was a process called the Dynamic Assessment Process (DAP), involving 3 rounds of interviews. Jaclyn was notified in late December that she was a Posse Scholarship winner. She began “Posse’s

8-month pre-collegiate training program this past January, 2013.

According to Jaclyn, “I chose Grinnell College (located in Grinnell, Iowa with a population of 9,100), because of its mission in self-governance and open curriculum” as well as its size, as Grinnell has a little less than 1,600 student s in total.  Jaclyn is very excited as Grinnell is “one of the top and most rigorous liberal arts colleges, and it has become her dream school.”

Jaclyn will major in History aspiring to work in the field of education, with an emphasis on teaching at the college level.

Congratulations Ms. Jaclyn Abing on becoming a Grinnell Posse Scholar. Your Mission High Family is proud of your accomplishment.

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