The Posse Veterans Program identifies and supports veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces in pursuit of bachelor’s degrees at top colleges and universities across the country.

By creating cohorts of veterans, preparing them for the college experience and supporting them through graduation, the Veterans initiative will greatly increase veterans’ success in college and ultimately in the workforce.

Program Components

Recruitment & Selection

Candidates for the Posse Veterans Program participate in our Dynamic Assessment Process (DAP), a unique three-stage interview process that identifies talented veterans who can succeed at Posse’s top-ranked college and university partners. Finalists are asked to attend a group interview and meet representatives from the participating college or university. Posse Scholarship winners will attend a top-tier, four-year college or university as part of a team, a Posse, of 10 veterans. Posse Scholars receive full tuition support.

Handshake at an awards ceremony
Michael Smith, Wesleyan Posse 1, with Wesleyan President, Michael Roth
Pre-Collegiate Training

Prior to matriculation, Posse Veterans Scholars participate in a one-month, pre-collegiate training program in New York City focused on leadership development, academic excellence and team building.

The Campus Program

Once on campus, the veterans participate in and help organize an annual PossePlus Retreat, which occurs during the spring semester and involves up to 100 students from the general student body. The retreat focuses on a social or political topic of national interest and importance and is facilitated by Posse staff. In addition, Posse Veterans Scholars meet weekly with a faculty mentor for the first two years as a group as well as individually every other week. The program continues to provide support through graduation.

Our student veterans bring so much to campus life. We are grateful to Posse for helping connect them to Wesleyan.

Michael Roth, President, Wesleyan University
Career Development Support

The Posse Career Program works with Scholars to provide access to professionals in various industries and events and other opportunities to help build knowledge of possible career paths. They offer help with resumes, developing interview skills and personal and professional networks.


The Posse Foundation announced its Veterans initiative in 2012 and began the program in partnership with Vassar College. It has since expanded to include additional partner schools.

Watch: The Posse Veterans Program

Vassar Veteran Posse Scholars

A comprehensive introduction to the Posse Veterans Program.

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