The Posse Foundation, a national organization that helps outstanding public high school students attend a select group of top colleges and universities, recently honored Northwestern President Morton Schapiro for his support of the program and his work to enhance diversity in higher education.

President Schapiro was recognized May 20 at Posse’s annual gala in New York City. A video about President Schapiro that was shown at the gala is available online. Use the password “purple” to view the video.

The Posse Foundation identifies outstanding public high school students who could be overlooked by traditional college application processes. The foundation groups the students into teams and prepares them for success at one of 53 top colleges and universities—including Northwestern—which award them four-year, full-tuition scholarships.

Northwestern became a partner institution with the Posse Foundation in 2012, three years after President Schapiro began his term as the University’s 16th president. President Schapiro has worked to build a more diverse and tight-knit community at Northwestern and is a strong advocate of the Posse Foundation.

“You have to actively engage in finding talented students from across the income bracket,” President Schapiro says in the video that was shown at the foundation’s gala. “Then, once they get (here), you better nurture them, and nobody does that better than Posse.”

For more information about Northwestern’s Posse Scholars program, visit the University’s student affairs website.