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 2016 Annual Report

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A worthwhile investment

For 29 years, Posse partner colleges and universities have welcomed Posse Scholars onto their campuses. They have awarded an incredible $1.2 billion 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, the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and Washington, D.C.

Latest News

AB Supports Posse Scholars’ Career Growth

Fall 2017

Global investment management and research firm AllianceBernstein (AB) is deeply committed to helping Scholars pursue successful careers.

Notre Dame Scholar Serves as VP of Student Elections

Spring 2018

Posse Scholar Shady Girgis is serving the student body of the University of Notre Dame as the Judicial Council’s vice president of elections.

Union College Dean Leads Posse Campus Community

Winter 2018

​As dean of diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Union College, Gretchel Hathaway works on strategic initiatives throughout the school.

Heckscher Foundation Funds Posse Consulting

Winter 2018

The Heckscher Foundation has been a generous supporter of Posse over the past four years.

Sagewind Founder Invests 10 Years on Posse Board

Winter 2018

Steve Lefkowitz, the founding partner of Sagewind Capital LLC, has been a member of the Posse Board of Directors for the past 10 years.