Michelle Valdivia and Jesus Barraza receive full tuition scholarships
Information provided Thornton Fractional High School District 215
CALUMET CITY, Ill. (February 2, 2021) – TF North seniors Michelle Valdivia and Jesus Barraza were recently named Posse Scholars and have each received four-year renewable full tuition scholarships. Valdivia plans to attend the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus, on a full tuition scholarship and will declare a major in nursing. Barraza will attend the University of Wisconsin, Madison campus, on a full tuition scholarship and plans to major in psychology.
During her time at TF North, Valdivia has participated in Action Team, Peer Mediation, Volleyball, Scholastic Bowl, National Honor Society, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Board, and Student Council.
Barraza has also been involved in numerous extracurricular activities at TF North, including serving as president of the National Honor Society, Mathletes, Peer Mediation, and the Senior Board. He was also captain of the Scholastic Bowl team, section leader of the marching band, and participated in the Action Team, Dreamers Club, Best Buddies, Connections, and the Future Teachers Club.
TF North principal Brian Rucinski stated, “I’m so proud of Jesus and Michelle as they are more than deserving of this scholarship. We are so thankful to the Posse Foundation for giving these two future leaders an amazing opportunity. The entire TF North community is excited to see Jesus and Michelle excel in college and beyond.”
The Posse Foundation partners with select colleges and universities and strives to expand the pool from which their partner schools recruit outstanding young leaders from diverse backgrounds. In addition to scholarships, Posse Scholars receive resources and support such as pre-collegiate training, on-campus mentorship, job opportunities, and more. In 2010, President Obama donated a portion of his Nobel Peace Prize award to the Posse Foundation.
Dr. Sophia Jones-Redmond, District 215 superintendent, said, “I am so proud that Michelle and Jesus will be representing District 215 and their communities as Posse Scholars at their respective universities. This is an incredible accomplishment for these scholars.”
TF North High School is located at 755 Pulaski Road, Calumet City, IL.