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 28 years, Posse partner colleges and universities have welcomed Posse Scholars onto their campuses. They have awarded an incredible $1 billion 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, the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and Washington, D.C.

Latest News

Deloitte Partner Joins National, Local Boards

Summer 2017

Last fall Steve Gallucci, Tri-State managing partner of Deloitte, joined Posse’s national board of directors and recently was named chair of the foundation’s local New York advisory board.

Hamilton Scholar Sees Future in Community Service

Summer 2017

When Betsy Ramirez first learned about Posse at her Miami high school, she recalls, the “focus on leadership and the ability to make change is what stuck with me.”

For Davidson’s Chris Gruber, Admissions Is Personal

Summer 2017

As vice president and dean of admission and financial aid at Davidson College, Chris Gruber works alongside 30 colleagues on the recruitment, selection and enrollment of each new class.

Newman’s Own Supports Posse Veterans, Grads

Summer 2017

Newman’s Own Foundation has awarded Posse more than $600K in grants since 2010.

Grinnell Alumnus Launches High School in LA

Summer 2017

Erin Whalen always knew he wanted to leave Los Angeles and experience life away from home.