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Posse Foundation’s President Is Among Winners of McGraw Prize in Education

Deborah Bial, the founder and president of the Posse Foundation, which helps high-achieving, low-income students from public high schools attend college, was one of four people selected on Wednesday as winners of the 2013 Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education.

Also honored were Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, founders of the Knowledge Is Power Program, a network of public charter schools that seeks to prepare needy students for success in college, and Shirley A. Reed, the founding president of South Texas College, an institution in McAllen, Tex., that serves mostly Hispanic students.

McGraw Hill Financial Inc. said in a news release that the winners had been chosen “for their significant contributions to the task of increasing the flow of students from disadvantaged backgrounds into postsecondary education.”

The winners will each receive a $50,000 prize at a ceremony in New York next week.

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