Hobart and William Smith Colleges are pleased to announce its partnership with Posse, one of the most successful college access and youth leadership development programs in the country. As a new partner, the Colleges will begin recruiting students from Posse’s Los Angeles office immediately for enrollment in the Classes of 2017.
Posse helps to identify promising youth in public high schools around the country through a process that takes into account academic and leadership potential that may have been overlooked by standard practices. In doing so, Posse expands the pool from which top colleges and universities recruit students from diverse backgrounds.
“The Colleges are privileged to enter into a partnership with Posse, joining other top liberal arts colleges who have benefited from the organization’s ability to select and mentor students of great promise and leadership potential,” says President Mark D. Gearan. “We look forward to welcoming our first Posse cohort to campus in 2013 and seeing the many ways they will add to our campus community.”
Posse started as the result of a simple idea – that sending a group of ten students to college together to act as a support system for one another could bolster collegiate success and graduation rates. Since its founding in 1989, Posse has sent 4,237 Scholars to top-tier colleges and universities throughout the country. There are more than 40 Posse partner institutions including colleges and universities like Hamilton, Cornell, Franklin & Marshall, Middlebury and Pomona. Nationally, Posse Scholars have won $486 million in scholarships from Posse’s partner institutions and are persisting and graduating at a rate of 90 percent-significantly above the national average.
“Through rigorous selection and an eight-month long pre-collegiate training program, Posse gives students the support they need to take advantage of college,” says Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions Robert H. Murphy. “Posse has an incredibly strong track record of working with the best students and the future leaders of our country.”
At Hobart and William Smith, the Posse program will be administered through the Centennial Center for Leadership under the mentorship of Amy Forbes, Ed.D, the Center’s associate director, and Susan Pliner, Ed.D., the Center’s director.