Dartmouth partners with The Posse Foundation to provide veterans scholarships

Associated Press

Dartmouth College is partnering with a youth leadership and college access organization to provide full tuition scholarships to groups of veterans.

Joining Vassar College and Wesleyan University, Dartmouth is the third institution to join The Posse Foundation's Veterans Program, which has set a goal of expanding to a dozen top colleges and universities in the next five years. At capacity, the program will help 600 veterans a year.

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The initiative identifies and supports post-9/11 veterans who exemplify strong leadership and academic promise. Veterans selected for the program attend college in teams, or posses, of 10 and receive financial aid that covers the full cost of tuition.

"We owe our veterans so much more than just our gratitude for their service; we owe them tangible support, demonstrations of our commitment to invest in their success, to recognize their incredible value to our public and private institutions," said Deborah Bial, Posse president and founder. "By developing more partnerships with outstanding schools like Vassar, Wesleyan, and Dartmouth, The Posse Foundation will be able to connect hundreds of distinguished servicemen and servicewomen to the first-rate educational opportunities they deserve."

Dartmouth will enroll its first group in the fall of 2016.