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Intern Alvin Andino Awarded Posse Scholarship

Alvin and D.I.R.T. Crew member Peter work to collect surveys at TFP's farmers' market in Roxbury.
Alvin and D.I.R.T. Crew member Peter work to collect surveys at TFP's farmers' market in Roxbury.
We are pleased to announce that Food Project Intern Alvin Andino has been awarded a Posse Scholarship. Run by the Posse Foundation, this innovative and highly selective program selects 60 young people from a large pool of applicants (in 2009, the pool numbered about 12,000) to receive full-tuition college scholarships.

Alvin and alumnus Stefan listen closely to Chef Didi Emmons while preparing to serve lunch at the National Governors Association summer conference.
Alvin and alumnus Stefan listen closely to Chef Didi Emmons while preparing to serve lunch at the National Governors Association summer conference.
In his two and a half years working with The Food Project, Alvin has risen up the ranks, beginning as a crew worker, working as an assistant leader, and now serving as an intern. Currently, he also serves on TFP's board of trustees as a youth member.

Along with a group of nine other Posse Scholars, Alvin will attend Union College in New York, a Posse partner institution. The concept of the Posse program works for both students and college campuses. It is rooted in the belief that a small, diverse group of talented students — a "posse" — carefully selected and trained, can serve as a catalyst for increased individual and community development. This renowned program was recently recognized by President Barack Obama, who selected Posse as one of only ten organizations to receive a portion of his Nobel Peace Prize award money.

Alvin is excited about being named a Posse Scholar, and says he has been left speechless about the honor. In securing this opportunity, Alvin, the third TFP youth to win a Posse Scholarship in the last four years, continues a tradition that we are all deeply proud of. Congratulations, Alvin!

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