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NEW YORK (AP) -- Deborah Bial was running youth leadership workshops in New York City public schools when she met a young man who had attended college but dropped out.
"'He said he never would've dropped out of college if he had his posse with him," Bial recalled.
For Bial, it inspired her to start the Posse Foundation, a New York-based organization that has helped hundreds of students get into college.
Last month, Bial received a $500,000 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowship. The foundation awards the fellowships to people who show "extraordinary originality and dedication" in their fields.
The foundation described Bial as an education strategist who is "addressing the challenges of …