There are more than two million veterans currently eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program and for GI Bill tuition benefits in the United States. With the all-volunteer military, enlisted men and women often have not attended college. When they consider pursuing a college degree, they frequently turn to community colleges and state institutions.
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The Posse Foundation believes it can leverage its unique recruitment strategy to identify those veterans who can excel at selective four-year institutions of higher education. By creating cohorts of veterans, preparing them for the college experience and supporting them through to graduation, Posse can partner with top colleges and universities and support up to 500 veterans in its pipeline annually.
The Posse Veterans Program began in partnership with Vassar College and now also counts Wesleyan University and Dartmouth College as partners. Vassar President Catharine Bond Hill writes in a recent editorial, “It’s time for colleges and universities to increase their commitment to veterans who want more education. Selective private colleges in particular must step up and do [their] part.” Vassar, Wesleyan and Dartmouth will supplement available GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon funding to guarantee full tuition for every veteran student selected.
The Posse Foundation plans to expand it Veterans Program to include a total of 12 top colleges and universities as partners over the next five years. Each Posse veteran will attend college as part of a multicultural team—a Posse—of 10 veterans and will receive support prior to matriculating on campus and mentoring once enrolled.
It is the ultimate goal of The Posse Foundation to develop a new kind of national leadership network—one that is truly diverse and better able to reflect the voices of all Americans. The Posse Foundation recognizes the immense value that veterans can bring to selective institutions of higher education, to the workforce and to the establishment of this diverse network of leaders.
Who Should I Nominate?
- Veterans who are leaders in their places of work, communities and families.
- Veterans who are excited about the opportunity to receive a bachelor’s degree from one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the nation and have not received a bachelor’s degree before.
- Veterans who have served at least 90 consecutive days of active duty since September 11, 2001, and have received or will receive an honorable discharge by July 1, 2016.
First-Round Interview Dates
- Wednesday, September 9, 2015 New York City
- Tuesday, September 15, 2015 Fort Hood (Texas)
- Thursday, September 17, 2015 Fort Carson (Colorado)
- Tuesday, September 22, 2015 Fort Bragg (North Carolina)
- Thursday, September 24, 2015 Washington, D.C.
- Tuesday, October 6, 2015 Los Angeles, CA
- Tuesday, October 6, 2015 San Diego, CA
- Thursday, October 8, 2015 Fort Lewis/JBLM (Washington)
- Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Chicago, IL
- Week of October 19, 2015 (date TBD) Boston, MA
Latest NewsSummer 2015
This year, 53 Posse Scholars and alumni won major national and international fellowship awards.Spring 2015
The University of Michigan and the University of Puget Sound are the latest top institutions to partner with The Posse Foundation thanks to the leadership of their respective presidents, Mark S. Schlissel and Ronald R. Thomas.Spring 2015
Dickinson College Posse alumna Valeria Carranza was recently appointed executive director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus after starting her post-college career as unpaid White House intern.Spring 2015
This year, a record 701 new Scholars were welcomed to the Posse community at Awards Ceremonies in nine cities.Spring 2015
Hired as a research apprentice at the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), Posse Scholar Jacqueline “Jackie” Garcia is exploring the connections between her two passions: computer science and social justice.Spring 2015
Tulane University President Emeritus and Distinguished University Professor Dr. Scott S. Cowen is a powerful voice for the City of New Orleans, public education and The Posse Foundation.Spring 2015
This spring, nearly 5,000 Scholars, students and faculty members from 48 of Posse’s partner colleges and universities attended PossePlus Retreats entitled, “Crime and Punishment.”Spring 2015
Deborah Bial Delivers University of Rochester Commencement Address, Posse Launches Consulting Department, Yale School of Forestry Becomes Posse Graduate School Affiliate, Upcoming Posse ConferencesFall 2014
The Posse Foundation will expand its Veterans Program to include a total of 12 top colleges and universities as partners over the next five years. As part of this expansion commitment, The Posse Foundation has partnered with Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.Fall 2014
In October, General Colin L. Powell, the former United States secretary of state and a dedicated advocate for American youth, offered remarks in honor of The Posse Foundation’s 25th anniversary.