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, 2017.
Malcolm Phillips Featured Scholar
Posse Scholar Malcolm Phillips uses his passion for art to engage with communities both on and off campus. Read Malcolm’s Story.
Brian Barkman Jr. Featured Scholar
Brian Barkman Jr. is exploring the possibilities of a liberal arts education at Wesleyan University as a member of the school’s second Veterans Posse. Read Brian’s Story.