It’s official! Eleven military veterans will enroll this fall, as members of Vassar’s Class of 2017, through a new partnership with the acclaimed Posse Foundation. For more than two decades, the foundation has helped top colleges enroll thousands of talented public high school graduates who might have been overlooked by traditional admissions processes and helped the students to attain academic success by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams or “posses”—usually of 10 students. Even the White House has praised the collaboration.
A team of administrators, including President Hill, Dean of Admissions David Borus, Dean of the Faculty Jonathan Chenette, and Dean of Freshmen Benjamin Lotto, interviewed 25 applicants for the Vassar posse—five more than initially planned—with the intention of admitting 10 as students. But, as President Hill says, “so outstanding were the candidates” that they ultimately chose 11. The eight men and three women, ages 26 to 35, who have served in the Army, the Marine Corps, and the Air Force in the United States and Middle East, “will bring a new and important perspective to life on the Vassar campus,” she says.
President Hill initiated the partnership with the Posse Foundation in 2012, after noting the low number of recent veterans who have applied to top colleges and universities in the U.S. Vassar will be the first college to participate in the Veterans Posse Scholar program.
The foundation’s partner schools award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships. Similarly, through the Veterans Posse Program, each Veterans Posse Scholar will attend tuition-free, through a combination of the college’s scholarship aid and G.I. Bill benefits, and the students will continue to receive support through graduation.
-Elizabeth RandolphPhoto © Vassar College-John Abbot Photography