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Ashley Thorpe

"I am currently a Junior with an intended major of Social Work. I will also receive two certificates in Gender and Women’s Studies and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Studies. I am originally from Alexandria, Virginia and apart of the first UW-Madison Posse from Washington, D.C."

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A "posse" is a small, diverse group of talented students, carefully selected and trained, to serve as a catalyst for increased individual and community development.

University of Wisconsin-Madison was in 2002 the first major public research institution to launch this unique program. Approximately 155 merit scholarships have been awarded thus far.

Posse identifies leadership talent, ability to work in a team with people from diverse backgrounds and a desire to succeed. Once selected, Posse Scholars enroll in a 32-week training program during their senior high school year. They arrive on campus academically prepared and motivated to foster positive social change.