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 2015 Annual Report

Download Posse’s 2015 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.

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 opened its 10th
chapter in the Bay Area in 2015.

Latest News

​TAMU Scholar Wins Entrepreneurship Scholarship

Fall 2016

Niyonsaba Magnifique was awarded a scholarship from Texas A&M University’s Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship to help establish an educational nonprofit in Burundi and Rwanda.

​SIM-Houston Supports STEM Scholars

Fall 2016

The Houston Chapter of the Society of Information Management awarded Posse Houston a grant in support of Texas A&M University’s STEM Posses.

​Summer Programming Focuses on Career Preparation

Fall 2016

The Posse Career Program provides Scholars with access to the resources and opportunities that will prepare them to secure competitive and career-enhancing internships, fellowships and research opportunities.

​Scholars Compete at Annual Summer Olympics

Fall 2016

In June, weeks before the cauldron was lit in Rio, Posse Houston Scholars, their families, Posse staff and alumni participated in a day of friendly competition and team building.

​Veterans Scholars Intern at Moody’s & Federal Reserve

Fall 2016

Veterans Program Scholars Patrick Hood and Brian Barkman Jr. were hired for prestigious summer internships in New York City at Moody’s and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, respectively.