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.
- Veterans who have served at least 90 consecutive days of active duty since September 11, 2001 and have receive or will receive an honorable discharge by July 1, 2015.
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Latest NewsFall 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.Fall 2014
Ryan Letada, an alumnus of Wheaton College, was selected as the 2014 winner of the Ainslie Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to the global community through social innovation.Fall 2014
As a high school student, Posse Scholar Opeyemi “Ope” Awe knew she wanted to attend a college where she could become a leader. Now a senior at Grinnell College, Ope is leading the campus as Student Government Association president.Fall 2014
For more than 30 years Mark D. Davies has played an instrumental role in shaping the student body of Bucknell University, a tri-city Posse partner institution.Fall 2014
As executive vice president of digital media and emerging business for NBCUniversal’s Telemundo Media, Peter E. Blacker has blazed a trail in multicultural media.Summer 2014
Keven Stonewall, a sophomore biology major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, already has a major scientific discovery under his belt.Summer 2014
This spring, more than 400 Posse Scholars earned their diplomas from Posse partner colleges and universities nationwide.Summer 2014
As general counsel for International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), a leading global creator of flavors and fragrances for consumer products, Anne Chwat credits much of her success to the strong, diverse teams she has built throughout a career that has spanned many industriesSummer 2014
Vanderbilt University Posse alumnus Dr. David Pérez II is an assistant professor in the department of educational leadership at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.