Franklin & Marshall College STEM-Posse announcement made by President Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., on January 7, 2012, in Miami, Florida. For more information, see College Forges New STEM Partnership with Posse in Miami.
I would like to thank the Posse Foundation for its inspiring work to connect high-minded, high-octane, high-achieving young people with colleges and universities that are committed to their success and will launch them into lives of leadership. We have deeply enjoyed educating seven cohorts of Posse Scholars from New York City at F&M and love the idea of Heat fans and Knicks fans teaming up to change the world.
We're here because we believe in the young — in excellent students like Cristina Diez, who is a leader in the Florida Key Club and has a keen interest in mathematics and art; Cameron Rutledge, who coaches youth basketball and aims for a career in medicine; and Amy Reyes, who edits her yearbook and plans to study engineering.
We're here because we believe in Miami, a crucial American city at the crossroads of the global knowledge economy — a city that loves change, gets culture, and embraces education and economic development knowing that we can't have one without the other.
We're here because we believe in the America of tomorrow — a future that will be better and more beautiful if we provide an empowering education to all students from all communities at all levels of learning, from Pre-K to the Ph.D.
And in particular, Franklin & Marshall College is here today because we understand that in a high-stakes, hypercompetitive global economy, it is incumbent upon America's great educational institutions to prioritize educating students from the entire American mosaic in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
These fields are crucial to American success in job creation, global finance, international trade, national defense, medicine, public health, environmental sustainability and almost every other R&D endeavor upon which our shared future rests. Make no mistake, distinction in preparing students for leadership in the rigorous STEM fields will make or break this country and shape the quality of life we enjoy as Americans.
That's why, true to the ideals of our founders, Franklin & Marshall is providing full, 4-year scholarships to ten Miami students this year and every year into the foreseeable future. In 2015 we expect to be educating 40 Miami students in STEM fields -- a commitment to this city and its citizens of $2 million per year in full-tuition scholarships alone.
To the ten incredible young people who will become F&M Diplomats in about six months, I am delighted to welcome you into the family. Our student body president Elana Jaret is here today — she's from Miami too. We're counting on each of you -- like Elana has done -- to bring up to Lancaster a whole lot of that legendary Miami mojo ... and you better believe that we'll be sending you home over breaks with more than a little Central Pennsylvania swag.
To the parents and teachers and school leaders of these amazing young women and men, I want to say thank you for all you have done to nurture their hearts and minds. We were blown away by their talent in the selection process, and we know they will represent your values, our school, the Posse Foundation, and this city in ways that will make us all very proud. Thank you.