Sam's professional experiences span the nonprofit, academic, and international fields. His social entrepreneurship, community engagement, and rigorous academic training have equipped him for a diverse range of challenging work in policy analysis and implementation as well as program development and management.
Since 2014, Samson X. Lim has served as the National Director of Graduate and Fellowship Programs at The Posse Foundation in New York. Previously, Sam founded Scholarship Junkies, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that connects scholarship applicants with recent scholarship recipients for application support. Sam served as Executive Director of Scholarship Junkies from 2006 to 2013 and as Chairman of the Board from 2013 to 2014. Sam's research and professional interests focus on the impact of policies and programs on higher education access, affordability, and completion issues.
Sam graduated from Mead High School in Spokane, Washington, in 2006 and received his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (Development Track) from the University of Washington-Seattle in 2010. After college, Sam conducted ethnographic research in Berlin, Germany, as a U.S. Student Fulbright Scholar to explore how students perceive access to higher education in Germany as a means for social mobility. In 2014, Sam obtained his Master of Arts in Education Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University and worked as a graduate policy research intern at the Institute for Higher Education Policy in Washington, DC before joining Posse.
Beyond his time in leading the Board of Directors for Scholarship Junkies, Sam has also served on the Advisory Group for the Washington Scholarship Coalition, the Teachers College 21st Century Leaders Committee, and the Advisory Board for Graduate Washington, for which he also previously served on the Board of Directors. Sam has also served as a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador, a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow, a Jackson School Mentor, and a Horatio Alger Alumni Ambassador.
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