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 will open its 10th
chapter in the Bay Area in 2015.

Latest News

GW & Notre Dame Partner with Posse

Fall 2015

This fall, The George Washington University is recruiting its first Posse from Atlanta, and the University of Notre Dame is selecting its first Posse from New Orleans.

Presidents Conference Examines Merit in Higher Ed

Fall 2015

The Posse Foundation’s biennial Presidents Conference on Higher Education assembled an audience of presidents and chancellors from some of the nation’s top colleges and universities to explore conceptions of merit and their impact on diversity, inclusion and equity at the most selective institutes of higher education.

Vanderbilt Alum Wins Ainslie Achievement Award

Fall 2015

Posse alumna Mia Howard, the founder and executive director of Intrepid College Prep Charter School in Nashville, Tennessee, is the 2015 winner of Posse’s Ainslie Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of her commitment to providing deserving young people with access to top educational opportunities.

Alumni Explore Elements of Leadership at Annual Conference

Fall 2015

​The seventh annual National Posse Alumni Leadership Conference in New York City welcomed close to 200 alumni representing seven Posse chapters.

Wesleyan Veteran Scholar Embraces Liberal Arts

Fall 2015

​Brian Barkman Jr. is exploring the possibilities of a liberal arts education at Wesleyan University as a member of the school’s second Veterans Posse.