January 17, 2019
Congratulations to Fenwick Friars' senior Isaiah Curry '19 on receiving a prestigious, full-tuition college scholarship from the Posse Foundation!
Isaiah is a physics fan who resides with his parents in Oak Park.
By Mark Vruno
Isaiah Curry '19 has been named a 2019 Posse Foundation Scholar. Curry will receive a full-tuition scholarship to Trinity College in Hartford, CT, which is one of nearly 60 schools that partner with the Posse program. The Oak Park resident was nominated for the Posse leadership scholarship by Kidz Express, a community-based organization on Chicago’s West Side that provides children with a safe place to learn and grow. “Isaiah has mentored and tutored grade school students there for the past three years,” explains his mother, Cheryl Curry.
Fenwick college counselor Laura Docherty exclaimed, “All of us at Fenwick are so proud of Isaiah! Last summer, he obtained a prestigious internship at Fermilab [in Batavia, IL]. This experience was invaluable for him. Isaiah has also been instrumental to our soccer team and is an outstanding leader on and off of the field.” Curry, who also plays midfielder for his club soccer team, the Chicago Fire Juniors, describes himself as highly analytical. “I have a strong interest [in] and aptitude for physics,” he says, which he may study at Trinity.
In addition to his volunteer work at Kidz Express, Curry is a member (since 2012) of the West Cook County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., an African-American organization with roots dating back to the Great Depression. “In my chapter, I am the chaplain and a part of the nominating committee,” he notes. Curry also has been a member of the Oak Park River Forest Philanthropist Program for the past two years.
The Posse Foundation was founded in 1989 because one student was heard saying, “I never would’ve dropped out of college if I’d had my posse with me.” The foundation identifies students with extraordinary potential who might be overlooked by the traditional admissions process of elite schools. Now in its 30th year, it grants more than 700 scholarships annually to students selected from Chicago and nine other metropolitan areas throughout the United States: Atlanta, the Bay Area, Boston, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City and Washington, D.C. Curry and the other scholarship winners will attend college in supportive, multicultural groups of 10 students — posses. The program is recognized as one of the most comprehensive college success and leadership development initiatives in the country, as 90% of Posse Scholars go on to graduate.