Brandeis Science Posse Answers President Obama’s Call to Action

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On January 16, 2014, leaders from more than 140 colleges and universities, businesses, and organizations, including Carnegie Corporation of New York, attended a meeting at the White House, at which the president challenged them to help increase the enrollment and graduation rates of low-income students.

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Brandeis University biology professor Melissa Kosinski-Collins (center) with students; photo courtesy Brandeis University

Brandeis University, in partnership with the Posse Foundation, and nine other colleges and universities pledged $70 million in merit-based scholarships over the next five years for 500 undergraduate urban students focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Carnegie Corporation funded the first Science Posse program in the nation at Brandeis in 2006—a program that has served as a national model and continues to be adopted by universities around the country. Read more about the Science Posse