Although it takes great intellectual ability and academic achievement to get into UVA, students are not alone once they arrive. Support—both financial and social—helps students meet challenges and introduces them to experiences they will never forget.

UVA, along with the Posse Foundation, is making sure students have all the support needed to succeed at UVA. The Posse Foundation believes that tomorrow’s leaders should reflect our country’s rich demographic mix, and that a promising future rests on the ability of strong leaders from diverse backgrounds to develop consensus solutions to complex social problems. The foundation provides groups of 10 students with four-year, full-tuition scholarships at partner universities. The Posse approach is effective: Posse students have a 90 percent graduation rate.

Chair of the Posse Foundation, Brad Singer (McIntire ’88), and his wife, Alexandra, made a recent gift to expand UVA’s partnership with the foundation to include a new cohort of veterans.

Passionate supporters of scholarships, the Singers have also given to the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, and they created an endowed scholarship fund at UVA in 2016, which was designated for four fourth-years in 2017-18.

At a luncheon at UVA in December, Brad Singer had the chance to meet Posse students and get to know more about them. He posed the question, “What would you, as fourth-years, tell the first-years?” They responded enthusiastically:

“Regardless of your strengths and differences, there is no one like you.”
“It’s comforting to know that there are always other people going through the same things as you.”
“You are almost never alone in your struggles.”

First-year Jannette Nguyen, a Posse student from Houston, is the first in her family to attend college. She hopes to attend the McIntire School of Commerce and is well on track to do so. She’s already landed a summer internship at Goldman Sachs, she is on the Dean’s List, and her first-year GPA is nearly perfect.

“Posse is not just a scholarship check,” Nguyen said. “It’s a program that changed the trajectory of my life.”