Posse Atlanta recognized Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students founder Stephanie Blank at its annual Power of 10 fundraising dinner Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Four Seasons.

Blank helped bring the Posse Foundation to Atlanta in 2007. Posse grants scholarships to posses, or groups of 10 students, from urban public high schools. Those 10 students attend highly selective universities together, creating a built-in support system.

“Posse Atlanta is truly grateful for Stephanie’s commitment to education to ensure that every child in Georgia has the opportunity to obtain a quality education and have a pathway of success to college,” said Zenith Houston, the Posse Atlanta director.

Nearly 500 Atlanta high school students have received a total of more than $73.5 million in merit-based leadership scholarships the past 10 years. Sixty more Atlanta high school scholars will be brought into the program in December with scholarships totaling approximately $10 million.

“The way Posse leverages our philanthropic gifts to bring in millions of dollars in scholarships for deserving yet often overlooked students is nothing short of amazing and is sheer genius,” Blank said.