Firstie receives international award

By Keely Savoie

Incoming Posse Scholar Emily Wolman ’22 has yet to arrive on campus, but her work has already garnered international attention: She has been named a recipient of the Diana Award for starting a club at her high school she called S.T.O.P. – Students That Offer Peace in order to prevent and overcome bullying.

The Diana Award, named for the late princess of Wales, recognizes individuals who have made strides to support their communities, a goal Princess Diana felt was vitally important. Each year on what would have been the princess’s birthday, the charity recognizes outstanding young people from around the world. Wolman’s award — and her work — were lauded on the pages of People magazine, along with nine other American teens.

The award citation called Wolman a “beacon of hope and a mentor for those who face bullying and intimidation.” The Diana Award’s 2018 Roll of Honour description extolls Wolman’s work and core mission.

“Her mission is to empower students and provide a supportive, nurturing environment that promotes early success that will transfer into adult life,” it read.

Wolman will be attending Mount Holyoke as a Posse Scholar. Since 2010, the College has partnered with the Posse Foundation, a national organization that identifies and recruits students who show academic and leadership potential from under-resourced high schools in urban communities. The students are admitted in groups of about 10 — posses — to each of the foundation’s partner institutions across the country.

Mount Holyoke provides a full-tuition scholarship to each Posse Scholar.

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