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 2015 Annual Report

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A worthwhile investment

For 27 years, Posse partner colleges and universities have welcomed Posse Scholars onto their campuses. They have awarded an incredible $931 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,
In 2014 we celebrated The Posse Foundation’s 25th anniversary. Twenty-five years of Posse has produced some incredible moments. Read More

Where is Posse?

Posse has chapters in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and Washington, D.C. Posse opened its 10th
chapter in the Bay Area in 2015.

Latest News

​Veterans Scholars Intern at Moody’s & Federal Reserve

Fall 2016

Veterans Program Scholars Patrick Hood and Brian Barkman Jr. were hired for prestigious summer internships in New York City at Moody’s and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, respectively.

​Vassar Scholar Awarded Business Venture Fellowship

Fall 2016

Eduardo De La Torre, a senior Veteran Posse Scholar, was awarded Vassar College’s Rudnick Fellowship, which provides financial support for Vassar College students pursuing entrepreneurial ventures.

​Wesleyan Scholar Gives Back as Mentor, Peer Advisor

Fall 2016

Scholar Michael Smith, who served in the Army Reserve and Marine Corps Reserve, provides support to refugees, mentors at a local school, serves as a peer advisor, and was selected to serve on the Student Judicial Board.

​Five Vets Scholars Selected from Northern Virginia Community College

Fall 2016

This fall, five former students of Northern Virginia Community College will attend Dartmouth College, Vassar College and Wesleyan University with their Posses.

​Bucknell, Grinnell Alumni Win Fulbrights

Fall 2016

Two 2016 graduates, Manisha Chase and Jermaine Stewart-Webb, were awarded Fulbright Fellowships for graduate research and teaching, respectively.