By Associated Press - Saturday, March 21, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan is joining a nonprofit youth leadership and college access group’s science, technology, engineering and math program.

The Ann Arbor school is the 10th to join the Posse Foundation’s STEM program. It will admit its first “posse” - 10 students from Chicago - next year. The foundation announced Michigan’s involvement this week.

The foundation’s model is to find motivated students from urban public high schools who might be overlooked by the college admissions process and place them in groups at top institutions with full tuitions. Officials say the graduation rate is 90 percent - much higher than the national average.

The STEM program was launched in 2006 with Brandeis University. Other participating schools include University of Wisconsin-Madison and Bryn Mawr, Middlebury and Smith colleges.



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