Photo of the Posse Scholar veterans posing for a photo during an award ceremony

CWRU welcomes its first Posse Foundation class of veterans

As a nontraditional student, Jason Taylor is fully aware of his age and experience differences in the classroom. He chose to join the Armed Forces after high school, but now—as a member of Case Western Reserve University’s inaugural Posse Veterans Program cohort—he works every day to share his insights to broaden the perspectives of those around him.

The Posse Veterans Program identifies, trains and supports veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces interested in pursuing bachelor’s degrees at top colleges and universities, including Case Western Reserve, Texas A&M University and the University of Virginia. Those accepted into the program attend college as part of a team of veterans who receive career development and mentoring from faculty along the way—all while sharing their experiences with more traditional first-year students. 

“I’ve fought in physical wars, and some students are just entering society as independents,” Taylor explained. “I believe everyone’s input and thoughts are valuable, and I make a conscious effort to enlighten those around me of the possibilities they have because of the time we live in.”

Group photo of the Posse Foundation veterans scholars

Case Western Reserve welcomed its first class of Posse veterans this fall through a collaboration with the Office of Enrollment Management and the First-Year Experience and Family Programs team, and will welcome another class next fall.

“We are proud to be one of three institutions working with the Posse Veterans Program to support veterans in their pursuit of continuing their education,” said Edwin Mayes, director of First-Year Experience and Family Programs. “Our Posse veterans add a new culture that will shape our campus in exciting new ways through their stories, their leadership, and their dedication.”

The first class of Posse veterans at CWRU includes:

  • Andi Ashley, a second-year studying nutrition
  • Calebe Charles, a second-year studying psychology
  • Derrick Durham Jr., a second-year studying biology
  • Jake Limbu, a first-year studying nursing
  • Miguel Maldonado, a second-year studying computer science
  • Jaalyn Owens, a first-year studying geological sciences
  • Elvis Rivas, a first-year studying mechanical engineering
  • Elizabeth Schooley, a first-year studying chemistry
  • Jason Taylor, a first-year studying communication sciences 

Discover more about the Posse Veterans Program and learn more about First-Year Experience and Family Programs at Case Western Reserve.