On January 17, the Posse Foundation hosted a ceremony at the Ernst and Young Building in New York City to announce and celebrate veteran students who had received the foundation’s scholarship this year. Among those awarded were NOVA students Ian Reed and Jesse Winfrey.
Reed and Winfrey received a full scholarship to Dartmouth and Wesleyan, respectively. Posse recipients were awarded their certificates by the leadership of their respective schools. Vassar President Jon Chenette also addressed the group during the ceremony. Donna Morea, Wesleyan chair of the Board of Trustees, spoke to the group, and Mike Mastanduno, dean of faculty, was the Dartmouth presenter.
Reed and Winfrey are the eighth and ninth NOVA recipients of the Posse Foundation Scholarship. Last year, five NOVA students received the scholarship and were often referred to as the Fantastic Five. Veterans Advisor Audra Morris attended the event in support of this year’s NOVA recipients and the model partnership NOVA has with the Posse Foundation.
“To all veterans, I appreciate everything you’ve done for this country. It has been a privilege and an honor to present this opportunity to veterans at NOVA because the magnitude of this program and the opportunity that it presents is just so phenomenal,” Morris said during the ceremony. “To this day, I still can’t believe that I have had the opportunity to be a part of it. I believe in everything the foundation is doing. I support you all and I wish you all the best. It has been a privilege to assist my scholars from NOVA in this incredible journey.”
During the awards ceremony, NOVA Director of Military and Veterans Services Takesha McMiller credited Morris with being the force behind getting information out to the College’s veteran students about the Posse Foundation.
NOVA Alumnus Brian Lepak, one of last year’s Fantastic Five, also attended the ceremony in support of NOVA students and other veterans who received the Posse Foundation scholarship. Morris said Lepak is currently doing very well at Vassar.
The Posse Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify, recruit and train students from all over the United States. These students typically hail from diverse backgrounds and are often overlooked by traditional university recruiting methods and metrics. Selected candidates form a multicultural team, called a “posse,” and attend an intense orientation to prepare them for enrollment at top-tier universities across the nation.