Posse Scholars From Puerto Rico to Join L&C

L&C's inaugural Posse Puerto Rico cohort L&C’s inaugural Posse Puerto Rico cohort

In an expansion of its three-year relationship with the Posse Foundation, Lewis & Clark will welcome to campus this fall its inaugural cohort of scholars from Posse’s newest recruitment location: Puerto Rico. These students will join L&C’s third group of Posse scholars from Washington, D.C. With the addition of Puerto Rico, Lewis & Clark is now the first institution in the Pacific Northwest to serve as a dual-program institution with Posse.

Lewis & Clark’s partnership with Posse grew out of shared values of equity, inclusion, and representation. Posse’s unique nomination and assessment strategies identify students with leadership and academic potential that might go undetected with traditional admissions criteria.

All Posse scholars receive full-tuition scholarships to attend Lewis & Clark. Scholars also receive mentorship and resources before, during, and after the program to set them up for success during their time at the college and beyond. Posse scholars’ college graduation rate is 90 percent, and nearly half of them go on to pursue advanced degrees.

“Our first two Posse cohorts from Washington, D.C., were so successful that we jumped at the chance to be a part of Posse’s newest recruitment site in Puerto Rico,” says Vice President of Admissions and Financial Aid Eric Staab. “The Posse students who come to campus are leaders who thrive in Lewis & Clark’s globally minded community of critical thinkers and innovators.”

With the arrival of 20 first-year scholars this fall—10 from Washington, D.C., and 10 from Puerto Rico—the number of Posse students on campus during the 2023–24 academic year will be close to 40.