We Develop Tomorrow’s Leaders.

Posse is one of the most comprehensive and renowned college access and youth leadership development programs in the United States. In fact, President Barack Obama said in an interview in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “One of this year’s MacArthur awardees—the ‘genius’ awards—is an innovator named Deborah Bial. She proposed a model to identify promising students from…urban backgrounds using an alternative set of qualities as predictors of success in college. …The students that are selected form a ‘Posse’ and are provided with extra supports, and end up graduating from selective colleges with a very high success rate.”

College Access and Leadership Development

Founded in 1989, Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.

Posse’s 2012 Annual Report

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A worthwhile investment

For 25 years, Posse partner colleges and universities have welcomed Posse Scholars onto their campuses. They have awarded an incredible $687 million in leadership scholarships to these young people and have seen their success not only as leaders on campus, but in these students’ 90 percent persistence and graduation rate. Posse’s partners are investing time, energy and resources in the promotion of equity in education and social justice. They believe in the intelligence, talent and dreams of young people who might not always show up on their radar screens, and are giving them a chance to excel.

From the President + Founder and Chair

Dear Friends,
Posse’s high school-through-college programming is among the most comprehensive of its kind in the United States. For more than two decades, Posse has helped thousands of talented students reach their highest potential. They are the most diverse group of young people one could imagine. Read More

Where is Posse?

Posse has sites in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and Washington, D.C. Posse opened its ninth site in Houston in 2012.

Latest News

100 Los Angeles Youth Receive College Scholarships at Awards Ceremony

Spring 2014

​On January 9, Posse Los Angeles held its 12th annual Awards Ceremony at the iconic Paramount Pictures Theatre. One hundred Scholars were formally inducted into the Posse family, including the first Pepperdine University Posse from Los Angeles.

UCLA Alumnus Lands Prestigious White House Internship

Spring 2014

Posse alumnus Erick Quintero’s initiative and determination have landed him in Washington, D.C. as a White House intern in the office of communication.

Kalamazoo Scholar Leads Social Entrepreneurship Initiative

Spring 2014

​As co-president of Enactus, a campus group that promotes social entrepreneurship, Kalamazoo College Scholar Edwin Salvatierra is working to make a lasting impact in the Kalamazoo, Michigan, community.

City of Los Angeles’ Revenue Manager Advocates for Posse

Spring 2014

​As revenue manager for the City of Los Angeles, Monique Earl understands the economic impact of education. She is a strong advocate for Posse as a member of the Posse Los Angeles Leadership Council, a professional mentor for Scholars, and she was instrumental in the planning of Posse’s successful Casino Night fundraiser in 2013.