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 2014 Annual Report
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.
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 NewsSpring 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.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.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.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.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.