In 2002, UW-Madison was the first public research institution to launch the Posse program. Each year 40 high school students are carefully selected from four major cities to become Posse Scholars at UW-Madison. The students selected, many of whom might have been overlooked by traditional college selection process, portray extraordinary academic and leadership potential. Before they enter their first year of college, they enroll in a 32-week training program so they will arive on campus academically prepared and motivated to foster positive social change. The Posse Scholars receive four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships and serve as catalysts for increased individual and community development. Regular group experiences provide Posse Scholars with peer support and weekly meetings with a graduate mentor that help the students stay academically and psychologically on track during their freshman and sophomore years.