Veterans Join Class of 2018, Tour Campus
Wesleyan’s Posse Foundation Veteran Scholars attended an academic immersion and campus visit July 10-11. The 10 scholars are funded by The Posse Foundation, which supports students with a four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarship. The students will join Wesleyan’s Class of 2018.
This is the inaugural year for Posse at Wesleyan; the university hopes to add 10 veterans per class for the next three years. Deborah Bial, president and founder of The Posse Foundation, stressed that the Veterans Posse Program seeks to recruit veterans “who have tremendous leadership potential to go out into the workforce and become major contributors” in whatever field they pursue. While typical college freshmen are 18 years old and straight out of high school, the average veteran entering college is in his/ her late 20s or early 30s, and has spent time in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Posse Scholars started their visit to Wesleyan with a student-led campus tour.
While on campus, the fellows learned about classroom culture, Wesleyan expectations, study strategies, time management, class selection, library resources and other campus resources.
Founded in 1989, Posse identifies students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students. To date, the foundation has supported more than 5,574 scholars.
Read more about Posse Scholar Andrew Olivieri ’18 in this News @ Wesleyan article.