Access and Opportunity

The best educational environments are diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Respectful celebration of difference enriches community dialogue and personal development. As such, a variety of programs support Colby’s rich diversity while promoting student success.


Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences

CAPS offers summer research opportunities for incoming first-years from groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in the sciences. It provides them with hands-on research experiences in biology, chemistry, environmental science, and other natural science disciplines. Students work closely with Colby professors in classroom, lab, and field experiences specifically designed to help them thrive in their first-year science courses and get the most out of their Colby educations.

Faculty Coordinators


The Posse Program

The Posse Foundation identifies, recruits, and selects student leaders from public high schools to form multicultural teams called “posses.” Posses are groups of 10 to 12 students from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds who support each other and ensure that each member succeeds and graduates from college. Posses also work to increase interaction among diverse campus groups.

Faculty Mentor

Posse Group Photo

The Ralph J. Bunche Scholars

The Bunche scholarship program was started at Colby in 1979 to honor the memory of Nobel Prize-winning diplomat, civil rights activist, and friend of the College Ralph J. Bunche. Scholars are chosen because of demonstrated academic achievement and community involvement. Each is recognized through various efforts throughout the year, earns a learning stipend, and has access to resources to fund further learning and engagement in peace, international, and social justice studies.


Bunche Scholars