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.
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A worthwhile investment
For 25 years, Posse partner colleges and universities have welcomed Posse Scholars onto their campuses. They have awarded an incredible $687 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.
Posse’s high school-through-college programming is among the most comprehensive of its kind in the United States. For more than two decades, Posse has helped thousands of talented students reach their highest potential. They are the most diverse group of young people one could imagine. Read More
Posse has sites in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and Washington, D.C. Posse opened its ninth site in Houston in 2012.
Latest NewsWinter 2014
The Posse Foundation was represented by its president and founder, Deborah Bial, at a White House summit in Washington, D.C., on January 16, 2014. At the summit, President Obama and the First Lady called on higher education leaders to make a commitment to the administration’s North Star goal of leading the world in college graduation rates by the year 2020.Winter 2014
At a White House summit on January 16, 2014, The Posse Foundation announced that it is doubling the number of colleges and universities committed to supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) Posses, bringing the total number of top-tier Posse STEM partners to 10.Winter 2014
Posse Scholarship recipient Estiven Rodriguez, currently a student at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School in New York City, attended the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 28, as an invited guest of First Lady Michelle Obama.Winter 2014
In January, Posse Scholar Troy Simon received a phone call that most people only dream of. He was invited by the White House to introduce First Lady Michelle Obama at the College Opportunity Summit and share with a national audience how he overcame illiteracy to receive a Posse Scholarship to attend Bard College.