Over 1500 Metro Atlanta students were nominated to receive the prestigious Posse Scholarship. Marietta High School’s Judith Borraz Martinez is one of 60 in the metro Atlanta area who were awarded the four- year, full tuition scholarship as a part of the Posse Foundation program and honored at the Fox Theater during a recent ceremony.
Founded in 1989, The Posse Foundation looks for students with “demonstrated leadership ability, communication, and team building skills” who may have been overlooked by top colleges,” according to the organization.
Judith, a member of the class of 2019, said the thought of being able to go to college is something she often dreamt of but questioned the possibility of it actually happening because of financial reasons.
“Winning the POSSE scholarship means that all of my doubts about attending a college no longer exist. It means that I will be able to continue developing my academic and leadership skills throughout college while also forming relationships that will last a lifetime. It means that all of the sacrifices my parents made were not in vain.”
She will attend Brandeis University in Massachusett, and although she hasn’t declared a major, she has an interest in health and would like to one day become a doctor.
Judith chose Brandeis because it has proved to be one of the best campuses in the country for diverse students like herself. She shared that she grew up and currently lives in a city that is rooted in tradition, values, and purpose and that she considers this diversity a crucial part of her lifestyle, much like Brandeis.
“The fact that Brandeis is nonsectarian and liberal while also rigorous lets me know that it is a university that will allow me to express myself academically, culturally, and emotionally, said Judith.
During her time at MHS, she has remained at the top of her class academically, served as the French Honors Society Vice President, and served as a leader within the PROSTART culinary program, placing 2nd and 3rd in past competitions. Additionally, Judith has been involved with Mentoring for Leadership, Key Club and Beta Club.
“I am so excited for Judith and this opportunity that she has been awarded,” said Ebonee Todman Mahone, Marietta High School’s scholarship coordinator. “I’ve had a great time working with her through the POSSE process, and she deserves this and has worked so hard for her success. This is just the starting point for amazing things to come.”
In addition to scholarship funds, Posse Scholars receive pre-college training, a “posse” of peers at their university, staff support during college, and career coaching and workshops.
Judith is thrilled to have her “posse” as a support system when she arrives on campus.
“It is such an honor to be able to say that I am a Posse scholar, and I could not be more excited to begin this new chapter of my life with my posse.”
One year ago Marietta celebrated Peyton Wilson, a member of the class of 2018, as she accepted has Posse Scholarship. Peyton is enrolled at The George Washington University.
Judith begins her college journey this fall.