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July 17 webinar

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Everybody’s talking about the value of a college education—and from the White House to Wall Street, people want to know how highly selective schools are increasing access. For decades Wesleyan has been matriculating low-income and first-generation scholars by working with community-based organizations like Posse, Questbridge, Prep for Prep, and A Better Chance and developed its own programs such as the Freeman Asian Scholars program and the Military Scholars program. Every year for the past 10 years, Wesleyan has hosted a conference of directors of community-based organizations on campus, the only conference of this kind in the country.

[Posse] [QuestBridge] [Prep for Prep] [Freeman] [A.B.C.]

Posse

[Andrew Olivieri ’18]

Army Ranger Andrew Olivieri, member of the Class of 2018

Since 2012, the Posse Foundation (already in the business of recruiting traditional students from underserved communities) has created cohorts of U.S. military veterans to matriculate to institutions of higher education. In 2014, Wesleyan joins Vassar College in welcoming a “posse” of 10 veterans to campus in the Class of 2018. Wesleyan will supplement the G.I. bill to meet the full financial need of these students. Since the establishment of the Military Veterans Scholarship Program in 2008, Wesleyan has enrolled eleven veterans.

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Army Ranger Andrew Olivieri ’18 is one of ten Posse Foundation veterans in the incoming class. Read more…

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QuestBridge

[Lindsey Proper ’15]

I am continually caught off guard by the generosity of people like you. The longer I am in college, the luckier I feel to have access to such a wonderful education and the opportunities it brings with it. I hope you know that you have made an incredible impact on my life for the better.

Lindsey Proper ’15, Venice, FL

QuestBridge brings talented low-income and first-generation students to elite campuses like Wesleyan. Partnering with Questbridge since 2009, we graduated our first cohort of scholars in 2013. While we enroll students through the QuestBridge match process, we also enroll many other students, who learn of Wesleyan because of QuestBridge, through early decision and the regular admission process. The 15 QuestBridge match scholars in the incoming Class of 2018 will join the 37 QuestBridge match students returning in the fall and dozens of others who enrolled through early and regular admissions.

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Prep for Prep

[Prep for Prep]

Thank you so much for donating to my financial aid package. I am so grateful that, because of you, my dream of attending Wesleyan University is now a reality. So far, I am having a better experience at Wes than I ever could have imagined and I absolutely love it here!

Corin Cort ’17

Prep for Prep, founded in 1978, develops leaders through access to superior education and life-changing opportunities. Prep identifies New York City’s most promising students of color, provides placement at independent schools and boarding schools throughout the Northeast, and prepares students to attend the most prestigious colleges and universities in the world. Harvard and Wesleyan are the most attended colleges by Prep for Prep alumni. Currently, Wesleyan has 28 Prep students enrolled and has graduated 162 students since the partnership began in 1985. We look forward to welcoming an additional 8 Prep students to campus with the class of 2018 in the fall.

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Freeman Asian Scholars

[Yun-Hsuan “Leslie” Lai ’14]

I am grateful for the opportunity to attend Wesleyan. To me, it’s more than a dream come true! The Freeman community has made my experience at Wesleyan an especially memorable one. While I am saddened to be leaving this place, I am also looking forward to bringing the Freeman spirit to my next destination as the other alumni do in different corners of the world. Thank you, Freeman family! Your vision and generosity are inspiring numerous people around the world every day.

Yun-Hsuan “Leslie” Lai ’14, Taiwan

The Freeman Asian Scholars Program at Wesleyan University graduated its first full class in 1999. More than 350 scholars from 11 nations (China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam) have participated since FAS’ founding in 1995. This coming year, 43 Freeman scholars will be at Wesleyan.

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A Better Chance

[A Better Chance - since 1963]

Since 1963, Wesleyan has hosted more than 250 scholars from A Better Chance, the oldest organization of its kind in the United States. ABC identifies promising students of color and guides them to secondary schools, colleges and universities. Only Columbia University and Harvard have enrolled more ABC students than Wesleyan.

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