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Gaithersburg, Watkins Mill Students Earn Full-Tuition Scholarships

The Posse Foundation awarded full scholarships to 19 Montgomery County public schools students.

Watkins Mill High School students Manish Dhungana and Krishna Mudwari were awarded full-tuition scholarships from the Posse Foundation. Nineteen Montgomery County public school students earned Posse scholarships. FILE | Montgomery Village Patch
Watkins Mill High School students Manish Dhungana and Krishna Mudwari were awarded full-tuition scholarships from the Posse Foundation. Nineteen Montgomery County public school students earned Posse scholarships. FILE | Montgomery Village Patch

Four students from Gaithersburg and Montgomery Village have earned full-tuition scholarships from the Posse Foundation, a program that awards scholarships to academically talented students typically overlooked by traditional college selection processes. 

According to Montgomery County public school officials, the scholarships went to two students from Gaithersburg High School: Mohamed F. Keita, who’s planning to attend University of Rochester; and Kent Martine P. Mok, who’s planning to attend University of Wisconsin-Madison.

There were also two awardees from Watkins Mill High School: Manish Dhungana, who will attend University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Krishna Mudwari, who’s going to Grinnell College.

The four scholars were among 19 MCPS students awarded full tuition to four-year colleges, according to MCPS.

Under the Posse program, 44 colleges and universities offer full-tuition scholarships to students across the nation to create multicultural teams—called Posses—on each campus. These student teams receive professional guidance before and throughout college and provide support to one another. On campus, these students serve in leadership roles.

The full list of this year’s MCPS recipients: 

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
Jherron V. Sutton, attending Grinnell College

James Hubert Blake High School

  • Bethany R. Hamson, attending Sewanee: The University of the South
  • Victor M. Phimphachanh, attending Grinnell College


Montgomery Blair High School
Minu Tshyeto K. Bidzimou, attending Grinnell College

Gaithersburg High School

  • Mohamed F. Keita, attending University of Rochester
  • Kent Martine P. Mok, attending University of Wisconsin-Madison

Northwood High School

  • James D. Caruso, attending Grinnell College
  • Jeffrey E. Miranda, attending Lafayette College

Poolesville High School
Alejandra Torres Diaz, attending University of Wisconsin-Madison

Seneca Valley High School

  • Gustave A. Nguenjio Njapon, attending Lafayette College
  • Karen O. Somasundaram, attending Bucknell University
  • Jessica Wu, attending University of Wisconsin-Madison


Sherwood High School
Summer J. White, attending Grinnell College

Springbrook High School

  • Jonathan M. Brown, attending Sewanee: The University of the South
  • Tariro A. Kandemiri, attending Sewanee: The University of the South
  • Anthony A. Ramos, attending Bucknell University 

Watkins Mill High School

  • Manish Dhungana, attending University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Krishna Mudwari, attending Grinnell College

Thomas S. Wootton High School
Jackson I. Pierce Felker, attending Bucknell University

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