For 20 years, Wheaton College and the Posse Foundation have partnered on bringing high school leaders from the New York City-area to Wheaton College via a full-tuition scholarship.

The New York City-based Posse Foundation partners with colleges and universities to choose cohorts of 10 students from New York City schools who enter college together as a “posse” (a group that shares a common bond). Before they arrive on campus—as well as after—the organization helps the selected students prepare for and manage the rigors of challenging academic environments.

The foundation also has offices in and recruits students from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. The foundation staff typically interviews more than 17,000 students across the country for more than 700 scholarship slots.

Scholars hone leadership skills, gain perspective on expectations and get to know each other in New York before heading off to their colleges and universities. Each partner institution invests in full-tuition scholarships to recruit the students to campus. The goal is to diversify campuses not just by race or ethnicity but also by ideology and geographic origin. Other partner schools include Colby, Middlebury, Trinity and Vassar colleges.

Read more on the powerful partnership between Wheaton and the Posse Foundation