Posse Scholar among five in nation to receive inaugural Ubben fellowship

Christian Vazquez '19
Christian Vazquez '19

It's the chance of a lifetime: This summer, Christian Vazquez ’19 will work alongside one of Hollywood's top film producers.

Vazquez, a Posse Scholar, is one of five students in the nation selected for the inaugural Jeff Ubben Posse Fellows Program, which awards a prestigious summer internship along with a generous stipend to students who have achieved academic excellence and demonstrated exceptional leadership potential.

The award provides Vazquez, a film studies major, with the opportunity to work directly with Hollywood producer Jason Blum, who will serve as a mentor to Vazquez throughout the internship. Blum’s production company, Blumhouse Production, released the comedy-horror film Get Out, a critically acclaimed box office hit.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Christian to further his studies with a top film producer,” said Amy Dooling, associate dean of global initiatives and Posse adviser. “This award is a testament to his academic commitment at Connecticut College and as a Posse Scholar.”

Posse Scholars are chosen for their academic and leadership potential by the Posse Foundation and admitted to a select group of private colleges and universities that provide scholarships along with strong mentoring and support. Since joining the Posse program in 2009, Connecticut College has enrolled 86 Posse students and currently has 40 Posse students on campus. Vazquez arrived at Conn in 2015 as part of the seventh cohort of Posse scholars, or Posse 7.

The Jeff Ubben Posse Fellows Program was launched this year in honor of former Posse chair Jeff Ubben, who served from 2007-2016. It is open only to Posse sophomores with a current cumulative undergraduate GPA higher than 3.7.

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April 21, 2017