For F&M Sophomore Cristina Diez, attending Franklin & Marshall with a STEM Posse scholarship has provided the opportunity to pursue a double major in Mathematics and Spanish in a distinctive liberal arts setting. Since 2011, the College has partnered with the Posse Foundation to target underrepresented groups for the scholarships, awarding them to high-achieving students with strong interests in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
“It’s amazing how you get students from 10 high schools, with different experiences...and how we’ve supported one another at F&M,” Diez says of her STEM Posse cohort.
Investment in these students has shown significant returns. In addition to performing well academically, Cristina serves as a facilitator for F&M College Prep— a summer immersion program that offers hundreds of high-achieving, lower-income high school juniors a chance to learn about college life and the application process — and works as a peer mentor with 11 high school students from F&M partner schools. Her other activities include participation in the student group Sophisticated Intelligent Sisters Teaching Excellence Responsibility and Success (SISTERS), as well as the student community service organization Rotaract.
A Miami native, Diez intends to use her F&M degree to pursue a career in education or law enforcement, the variety of her potential career paths made possible by the breadth and quality of a Franklin & Marshall liberal arts education.
“F&M gives students the option to explore themselves along with pursuing their dreams,” she says.