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.
Posse begins the Veterans Posse initiative in partnership with Vassar College. 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 will supplement available GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon funding to guarantee full tuition for every veteran student selected.
Posse will move towards developing a Veterans Posse from as many as 10 of its sites across the country. 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, 2014.
Posse is partnered with some of the best colleges and universities in the nation.
Latest NewsFall 2013
The Posse Foundation is proud to add the University of Virginia (U.Va.) to its roster of top-tier college and university partners. U.Va. will select its first Posse of 10 Scholars from Houston this December.Fall 2013
This September, Posse President and Founder Deborah Bial was awarded the prestigious Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education for her work with The Posse Foundation.Fall 2013
Denison University Associate Provost Dr. Toni C. King is dedicated to supporting diverse leadership in the student body and faculty. With a career that includes teaching at a historically black college, an all-women’s college, two state universities, and, for the past 15 years, a liberal arts college, Toni believes that higher education should offer a transformative experience.Fall 2013
Bryn Mawr College junior Esteniolla Maitre began crusading for education reform as a high school student from Mattapan, Massachusetts. Now, with the support of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, she is preparing to be an influential leader in the education field.Fall 2013
In August, 180 Posse alumni attended the fifth annual National Posse Alumni Leadership Conference in New York City. The day-long conference included a presentation by Posse President and Founder Deborah Bial, a keynote address by Demos Distinguished Fellow and author Bob Herbert, as well as presentations by more than 30 guest speakers.Fall 2013
Nadia Marie Sasso, a graduate of Bucknell University, is the 2013 recipient of the Ainslie Alumni Achievement Award. During the annual National Posse Alumni Leadership Conference held in New York City this past August, Nadia was honored for her commitment to social responsibility and her ability to inspire others.Fall 2013
As a trustee of Vanderbilt University with a respected 30-year career in finance, Posse National Board of Directors founding member Eugene “Gene” Shanks, Jr. is keenly aware of the importance of educational opportunity and the value of diversity.Fall 2013
Leading financial institution Bank of America and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation are critical supporters of The Posse Foundation.Fall 2013
The Posse Foundation is deeply saddened by the loss of two members of the Posse family, alumnus Dallas Madlock and Scholar Dareon Cartman.Fall 2013
In June, representatives from Posse’s partner institutions gathered in New York City for the annual Liaison Conference.