Pleasant Hill veteran transitions into civilian life with scholarship

February 26, 2014 by  

Pleasant Hill native Ryan Poulter did three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, received a Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal as a result of carrying another soldier to safety. Now the 29 year old is on his way to another adventure.

The Diablo Valley College student will be moving to Middletown, Connecticut next fall to attend Wesleyan University, thanks to being a recipient of a Posse Foundation scholarship.

Poulter is among 20 veterans to which the Posse Foundation awarded scholarships, and is the only one from Northern California. By combining the scholarship with his GI Bill benefits, his full tuition will be covered. Half of the scholarship recipients will be attending Wesleyan with Poulter, while the rest will be going to Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Beginning in 2012, The Posse’s veterans initiative’s goal was to increase attendance and graduation rates for veterans at specific universities. Scholarship recipients are chosen for their determination and ability to compete at the college level.

Teams are used by The Posse model to aid colleges with high school graduates not fully served by traditional admission programs. The organization’s vice president of external affairs said:

“What’s so perfect is that they (veterans) are used to being put in teams based on their military experience. Supporting each other, and having your partner’s back, is a natural.”

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