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

Download Posse’s 2014 Annual Report

A worthwhile investment

For 26 years, Posse partner colleges and universities have welcomed Posse Scholars onto their campuses. They have awarded an incredible $806 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

Scholars, Alumni Win Competitive Fellowships & Scholarships

Summer 2015

This year, 53 Posse Scholars and alumni won major national and international fellowship awards.

Universities of Michigan & Puget Sound Join Posse

Spring 2015

​The University of Michigan and the University of Puget Sound are the latest top institutions to partner with The Posse Foundation thanks to the leadership of their respective presidents, Mark S. Schlissel and Ronald R. Thomas.

Miami-Area Students Win College Scholarships Worth $11 Million

Spring 2015

At the annual Posse Miami Awards Ceremony in January, 61 young leaders from the Miami-Dade Public School and Broward County Public School systems accepted Posse Scholarships worth nearly $11 million.

F&M STEM Scholar Prepares to Be Doctor

Spring 2015

Franklin & Marshall College STEM Scholar Tomilya Simmons, a junior studying biochemistry and molecular biology, is actively immersed in the campus science community.