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 2014 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

​133 New York Scholars Awarded Full-Tuition College Scholarships

Spring 2016

Posse New York’s 13 partner colleges and universities awarded 133 talented Scholars four-year, full-tuition scholarships worth more than $18 million.

Smith STEM Scholar Studies Environmental Health

Spring 2016

​First-year Scholar Athena Sofides, a member of Smith College’s first STEM Posse, is passionate about protecting the health of our environment.

​Babson Grad Helps Build Alumni Network

Spring 2016

Babson College alumna Kadia Tubman, an industry relations coordinator in the global marketing and communications group at Nielsen, became a Posse National Alumni Advisory Council (PNAAC) representative in 2015.

​10 College Scholarships Awarded at Bay Area Ceremony

Spring 2016

Ten incredible high school seniors—the first Posse Scholars selected from the Bay Area—received four-year, full-tuition college scholarships from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.

Puget Sound Scholar Sings at San Francisco Showcase

Spring 2016

​New Scholar Simone Moore, a senior at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, performed at a showcase for classically trained vocalists at St. Aidan’s Church in February.