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Posse Scholarship Candidates Fall 2018

Class2023GetsLitClass2023GetsLit 46 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
Hey guys! I created this thread for anybody still going through the Posse interview process (congrats semifinalists!) or who has some insight they'd like to share. Pls indicate your city when commenting :)

Posse Chicago: I've done DAP2 and am waiting to hear back to see what school I get matched to. My first choice is Cornell so fingers crossed!



**** The Posse Foundation identifies, recruits and trains individuals with extraordinary leadership potential. Posse Scholars receive full-tuition leadership scholarships from Posse’s partner colleges and universities. Check which colleges and universities partner with the Posse chapter in your city on the possefoundation.org website
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  • Class2023GetsLitClass2023GetsLit 46 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    How did you rank your schools?

    Posse Chicago:
    I've done DAP2 and my first choice is Cornell so fingers crossed!
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  • MWolfMWolf 1474 replies9 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @Class2023GetsLit What's new? I hope you got the news you wanted to hear.
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  • prospie2023prospie2023 51 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @mwolf did you hear back yet?
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  • rockstar66rockstar66 1 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I heard back from Posse that I am a finalist for Carleton. It's obviously a great program, but I'm unsure about it for two main reasons.
    #1 is the fact that they don't seem to actually have a business major. it's a liberal arts school so maybe thats to be expected but this fact combined with the fact that Carleton is so small means its probably not the most ideal school for me. However, there still seem to be opportunities for business minded students.
    #2 is the annoying expectations placed by parents to attend "prestigious" schools that I am unlikely to get into. Carleton is apparently not good enough for their tastes but they're simply being unrealistic about the schools I can get into.

    There's many appealing factors such as the full tuition, seemingly inclusive, tight-knit community, and a well-rated campus by both students and outsiders. Also I'm wayy to lazy on my college apps and accepting the finalist nod could lessen my workload (of course, the chances of getting are not guranteed, "only" ~50%)Just goes to show the complexity of making decisions about college apps these days.

    Would love to hear from y'all whether you got finalists and the pros/cons of accepting your finalist invite.
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  • prospie2023prospie2023 51 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Do you guys know if all the results for 1 city come out on the same day?
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  • prospie2023prospie2023 51 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    AND OMG I got finalist for Cornell!!!!! I can’t believe it!!!!!!
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  • bigboyk_bigboyk_ 64 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited October 2018
    I'm in DC and my top choices were Sewanee, Lafayette, and Rochester. Was told during the interview that I had a lot of detail and a lot of energy. I got eliminated. Oh, well.
    edited October 2018
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  • prospie2023prospie2023 51 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Is the finalist family meeting a group meeting (with all the other finalists in one room) or individual (one family at a time)?
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  • MWolfMWolf 1474 replies9 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @prospie2023 My kid heard back - he's a finalist for Middlebury! We'll probably see you guys at the Posse Chicago meeting tomorrow...

    Congratulations on Cornell! It's an amazing school. It was initially on my kid's radar, but he decided that he preferred liberal arts colleges. His top choice was actually Pomona, but Middlebury was #2, and I have a sneaking feeling that Middlebury would be a better fit.
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  • MWolfMWolf 1474 replies9 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited October 2018
    Sorry about the double post, everybody, but I missed the edit window.

    @rockstar66 Congratulations on Carleton - I would recommend that you take it. Carleton is a top school, all around, and you may find other things that you like doing.
    edited October 2018
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  • prospie2023prospie2023 51 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Congrats! @mwolf it’s has such great language programs. If your son was hoping for Pomona, make sure to do your research that it’s the right school for him!

    My friend was in the same situation last year (wanted Pomona / Oberlin) but had a hard time commiting to Middlebury, since it is a very different school than Pomona (chilly Vermont vs sunny cali, isolated vs near LA, plus the support and variety of the Claremont colleges). In the end, his family decided posse was a great program, just not the place he would thrive in for the next 4 years :)
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  • blanche52blanche52 2 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Does anyone know if all of the finalists from the same city are notified on the same day - or do they stagger them by school? My daughter's friend heard back today, notified she was a finalist, but we've heard nothing yet and are trying to remain hopeful. :)
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  • prospie2023prospie2023 51 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    What school did your daughter’s friend get? @blanche52 Acceptances get sent out by school, but the meeting for all the Chicago finalists’ families is tonight. Your child could still be in s waiting list though, good luck!
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  • blanche52blanche52 2 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    She was matched with Middlebury, @prospie2023 . Thank you. Congrats to all the finalists!!
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  • MWolfMWolf 1474 replies9 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited December 2018
    @prospie2023 - Did you end up getting the Cornell Posse scholarship?
    edited December 2018
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  • iluvskool123iluvskool123 7 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Did anyone here get the Syracuse scholarship??
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  • MWolfMWolf 1474 replies9 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @blanche52 whatever happened with your daughter's friend?
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  • DNoonanDNoonan 2 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    OK, I just thankfully found this Post. My DD is a semifinalist in NY. She was told she would have to go out of state. Cornell is her reach school but it wasn't on the list of schools. None of the schools really have the major she wants. If she makes it to the final round, does she go to the final round is the school she selected a binding commitment?
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  • turnertopsturnertops 1 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Hey, I'm currently part of the DAP process. I had my first interview last week and would LOVE some advice for the second and third, really anything helps. Thank you and congratulations to you all.
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  • MWolfMWolf 1474 replies9 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @DNoonan Posse cities always pair their highschool graduates with colleges which are out of state. Before the second interview, she will choose a number of colleges from the colleges which partner with your city, and they will pair her with her best fit. In general, they will pair nominees with colleges with which they are good matches, and that includes things like stats - they will avoid pairing a student with a college at which their GPA and SAT/ACT scores would be substantially lower than the average.

    If a kid advances to finalist, and chooses to go for the final interview, they apply as ED1, and are fully committed if they are accepted. However, unlike regular ED1, a Posse scholar cannot withdraw for financial reasons. If the kid isn't chosen as a Posse scholar, they are released from the contract, and their name and Posse profile is sent to all 56 Posse partner colleges, which substantially increases their chances at acceptance to any of these.

    @turnertops Check out https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/other-major-scholarships-competitions/1958233-posse-scholarship-ask-away-p7.html The thread has most of the info that you will need.

    My main advice for the 2nd interview is to learn about the colleges on the top of your list, and for all of the interviews is to be your best self, and to be the sort of person that you would like to have in your Posse.
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