Three seniors from Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) high schools have been selected to receive a four-year full-tuition leadership scholarships from the Posse Los Angeles Foundation.
By News Desk
They are among 90 students in the Los Angeles area to receive the prestigious Posse Leadership Scholarship this year from a pool of 2,200 nominees. Each of the recipient scholars will attend one of Posse LA’s nine partner colleges and universities. Posse Scholars were honored at a virtual induction ceremony Thursday, January 6, 2022.
Travis has been a member of the Principal’s Honor Roll throughout high school. His extracurricular activities include the National Honor Society, Asian Club, and the Student for Environmental Awareness Club. He is a member of the Associated Student Body and serves as the Unification Commissioner. He has participated with both UCLA’s Early Academic Outreach Program and College Access Plan college and career partnerships. He’s earned a 4.2 GPA.
Travis also excels as an athlete. He played on Marshall’s basketball team four years and was named the school’s defensive player of the year in 11th grade. He is a four-year varsity baseball player and a member of the Marshall Fundamental 2021 CIF Southern Section Baseball Division VI Championship Team. He was named the 2021 Mission Valley League Most Valuable Player.
Travis has been a volunteer with Lake Avenue Church and Glenkirk as a Youth Leader for vacation bible school.
Travis will attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he plans to major in Mechanical Engineering.
Gabrielle Muna is in the International Baccalaureate programme at Blair. She will earn four International Baccalaureate certificates and has completed two dual enrollment classes that will earn her college credit.
Gabrielle will attend Tulane University where she plans to major in Psychology and/or Philosophy. Her goal is to earn a Ph.D. in Psychology and become a counseling therapist.
“From the island of Guam to the city of Pasadena, life has taught me to adapt to, learn from, and love every phase of life as it is presented to me,” she says. “I take these values with me as I pursue higher education in psychology and philosophy in the hopes of giving back to the communities that have molded me.”
Ella Uriu is part of the Engineering and Environmental Science Academy at John Muir Early College Magnet High School. She is also in the Puente program, and in Advanced Placement courses. She has earned 32 college credits through the Early College Program at John Muir.
Her leadership activities include founding the LGBTQ+/Straight Alliance Club, Drum Major for the John Muir Mighty Mustang Marching Band, part of the PUSD Think Tank, and a Teen Ambassador with the USC Pacific Asia Museum.
Ella is one of the founding members of the John Muir water polo team.
Ella will attend Bucknell University, where she plans to major in education. Her dream is to return to California and teach at John Muir High School. She said that she plans on getting several years of teaching experience and then moving on to activism for public education.
Superintendent Brian McDonald, Ed.D. said:
Congratulations to the 2022 Posse Scholars from PUSD, you have shown us what it means to be resilient, adaptive, and collaborative. We’re proud of all that you have achieved and we look forward to seeing you become leaders who transform communities. I am so very proud of you!
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