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.
Download Posse’s 2013 Annual Report
A worthwhile investment
For 25 years, Posse partner colleges and universities have welcomed Posse Scholars onto their campuses. They have awarded an incredible $804 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.
In 1989, hoping to build a more integrated and diverse student body, Vanderbilt University took a risk on an unknown program with no track record. The program was Posse. There were only five students in that first Posse. They set the bar high and defined themselves—and all Posse Scholars to follow—as the leaders we believed they could be. Read More
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 NewsSpring 2015
The University of Michigan is the latest top institution to partner with The Posse Foundation’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program. In 2016, the renowned public university will admit its first Posse from Chicago, Illinois.Winter 2015
Posse New Orleans honored Entergy Corporation for its outstanding commitment to education in the community. Leo P. Denault, Entergy’s chairman and chief executive officer, accepted the award on the company’s behalf.Winter 2015
Sophomore Tayler Butler is co-head of Building Up Hudson, a community outreach program at Bard College that is designed and implemented by college students to serve high school students in a town close to Bard’s campus.Winter 2015
Edwan Hernandez, a sophomore Posse Scholar majoring in computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, and his team of programmers were recognized for their phone app that synchronizes a time-stamp feature to classroom notes taken during video lectures.