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

Illinois Wes. Signs On, BU Doubles Partnership

Spring 2016

​Illinois Wesleyan University will recruit its first Posse from New Orleans this fall, and Boston University, already recruiting from Atlanta, will select its first Posse from the Bay Area.

Ubben Ends Successful Tenure as Board Chair

Spring 2016

Under Jeff Ubben's leadership, Posse opened four new chapters, added 47 college and university partnerships, and launched specialized initiatives to serve U.S. veterans and students majoring in STEM fields.

Colleges Award $126 Million to Class of 2020

Spring 2016

​Posse’s partner colleges and universities selected 718 Scholars for the Class of 2020, awarding them $126 million in four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.

Entrepreneur Brings ‘Her Agenda’ to White House

Spring 2016

Posse alumna Rhonesha Byng, founder of successful digital media platform HerAgenda.com, represented millennial women at a summit hosted by The White House.

Brandeis Prof., Administrator Champions STEM Program

Spring 2016

Dr. Irv Epstein helped pilot the Posse STEM Program that supports Scholars majoring in science, technology, engineering and math. The program recruits 100 Scholars from five cities per year for 10 colleges and universities.