At Wellesley we partner with organizations to further enhance our diversity and inclusion efforts throughout the recruitment process 

The Posse Foundation, Inc.

For over 28 years, The Posse Foundation has worked within the United States to identify high-achieving students with leadership potential in public schools who may otherwise be overlooked in the traditional college selection process. The Foundation places students in Posses—groups of 10 students—to help foster academic excellence within the institutions that have awarded the selected students a four-year full-tuition leadership scholarship. Posse believes that the next generation of leaders should reflect the rich demographic mix of the United States and that strong leaders from many diverse backgrounds are the key to our nation’s success. Wellesley is proud to be Houston’s second STEM Program partner, and the 11th STEM partner nationally, matriculating the first Wellesley Posse in 2017. Together, the Posse partner colleges and universities have awarded over one billion dollars in scholarships in addition to committing to promote equity in education and social justice.

QuestBridge Partner School

QuestBridgeWellesley is proud to be a QuestBridge partner school. This nonprofit organization links motivated high-achieving, low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation’s best colleges. QuestBridge believes that attending a top college can be affordable, and the organization is committed to helping students attain the college education they deserve. QuestBridge has partnerships with the best U.S. colleges, all of which are actively seeking successful students who have experienced long-term financial hardships. All of their programs are designed to connect eligible students with top educational, professional, and life opportunities. See QuestBridge at Wellesley.

Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success

Coalition for Access, Affordability, and SuccessWellesley is among the diverse coalition of public and private colleges and universities nationwide to participate in the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. These institutions are coming together with the goal of improving the college admission application process for all students. The Coalition developed a new application as well as a free platform of online tools to streamline the experience of planning for and applying to college and to provide low-income students with better information about high quality, low-cost college options. In the summer of 2017, Wellesley will accept the new Coalition Application as an additional application choice at Wellesley; it will not replace the Common Application or the QuestBridge Application. Wellesley will consider all three applications equally in the review process. 

Chicago Scholars

Chicago Scholars

Chicago Scholars is leading a powerful movement to guide a critical mass of Chicago’s talented youth into college and career success. The organization uniquely selects, trains, and mentors academically ambitious students from under-resourced communities to complete college and become the next generation of leaders who will transform their neighborhoods and the city of Chicago. Chicago Scholars are academically driven, first-generation college students from under-resourced communities who do not have the social capital or informational resources necessary to help them navigate the unfamiliar, complex transitions into college, through college, and beyond to a career. As a Platinum College Partner with the Chicago Scholars program in Cook County, Wellesley participates in special student recruitment events in the Chicago area. Partners are dedicated to supporting Scholars with financial support, academic advising, and leadership opportunities. They also meet 100% of demonstrated financial need as well as provide additional opportunities. 

Say Yes to Education

Say Yes to Education

Say Yes to Education is a nonprofit that revitalizes communities by helping them give every public high school graduate access to college or other post-secondary scholarships. Say Yes community partnerships also make available supports and services to develop the gifts and talents of each child.  In joining the Say Yes Higher Education Compact, Wellesley, as well as other private colleges and universities, agree to ensure that students from Say Yes communities whose annual family income is at or below $75,000 are typically eligible, at a minimum, to attend college tuition-free, provided they are accepted through the institution’s regular admission process. Students in Say Yes communities also have access to a range of supports and services while they are in elementary, middle and high school—as well as, ultimately, to scholarships to college and other post-secondary programs. 

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program


The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is a global initiative to educate and develop next-generation leaders who will contribute to social and economic progress. The program provides access to secondary and higher education for young people from economically disadvantaged communities, primarily in Africa, who are committed to giving back to their communities. It provides students with holistic support, including comprehensive scholarships, skills training, transition support, a give-back component, and an alumni network. Wellesley is one of the 23 international partner institutions selected for its shared values, academic excellence, nurturing environments, and programs relevant to growth in Africa. We provide our Mastercard Foundation Scholars with comprehensive support including scholarship, mentoring, and internship opportunities; and we help them build experiences, values, and competencies that are critical to success in the global economy, and that will enable them to give back to their communities and home countries. Learn more about the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Wellesley.

United World Colleges (UWC)

United World Colleges

The mission of United World Colleges (UWC) schools, colleges, and programs is to deliver a challenging and transformational educational experience to a diverse cross-section of students, inspiring them to create a more peaceful and sustainable future. UWC comprises 16 international schools and colleges located in North America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America; national committees in more than 150 countries; and a series of short educational programs. UWC believes that to achieve peace and a sustainable future, the values it promotes are crucial: international and intercultural understanding, celebration of differences, personal responsibility and integrity, mutual responsibility and respect, compassion and service, respect for the environment, a sense of idealism, personal challenge, and action and personal example. Learn more about the Davis-United World College Scholars Program at Wellesley.