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Vassar College trustees create sustained program for military vets

POUGHKEEPSIE – More than 50 current and former Vassar College trustees have created a $1 million scholarship fund through the Posse Foundation to enable military veterans to enroll at the Poughkeepsie school.

The fund is in the name of William Plapinger, who for more than two decades served on the college board and recently retired as its chairman after 12 years in that role.

In 2012, Plapinger and other trustees collaborated with then-President Catherine Hill and the Posse Foundation to create an initiative placing a “posse” of 10 qualified veterans at the college every year, beginning in 2013.

The Posse Foundation identifies and recruits qualified students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend college.

Plapinger, who also serves on the board of the Posse Foundation, called the new fund “an apt recognition" of his tenure on the board, combining his passion for Vassar, for Posse, for our nation’s veterans and for higher education.

Members of the second Posse Veterans class received their diplomas at the Vassar commencement program this spring.

 


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