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

Sting, Debbie Harry, Chris Botti Perform at Annual Gala

Summer 2015

​The Posse Foundation’s annual gala held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, was a star-studded affair featuring performances by world-renowned artists Sting, Debbie Harry and Chris Botti. The event raised $2.1 million to support Posse’s programs and Scholars and honored four Posse Stars.

10th Posse Chapter Opens in San Francisco Bay Area

Summer 2015

​In April, Posse commemorated the launch of its 10th chapter, Posse Bay Area, with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by Posse Board Chair Jeff Ubben.

Vanderbilt Alum, Army Veteran Leads Posse Bay Area

Summer 2015

With a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, a master’s from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, many years as a Posse staff member, and three years as a U.S. Army officer, Posse alumnus Leroy Foster is uniquely positioned to lead Posse’s 10th chapter in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Bucknell Scholar Contributes to National Cancer Institute Research

Summer 2015

Bucknell University Scholar Ahmed Elnaiem, a rising senior majoring in cell biology and biochemistry, is putting his skills to work as a research assistant with the National Cancer Institute at the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Ropes & Gray Partner Champions Power of Opportunity

Summer 2015

​Opportunity is at the crux of Posse national board member Diane Patrick’s career trajectory, and it’s what drew her to The Posse Foundation.

450 Posse Scholars Graduate from Top Universities

Summer 2015

​This year, 450 Posse Scholars graduated from Posse partner colleges and universities across the country. These impressive young people leave college well prepared to take full advantage of the many opportunities a first-rate education affords.

Student Affairs VP, Dean of Students Builds Dynamic Colby Community

Summer 2015

​With nearly 30 years of experience, James “Jim” Terhune, the vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Colby College, is committed to creating a college community that offers students a holistic, dynamic learning environment.

Barclays Awards Posse More Than $1 Million

Summer 2015

A partnership with ​Barclays, the British multinational banking and financial services company, began with a $25,000 grant to Posse Boston and has grown to include more than $1 million in financial support for the Foundation nationally and additional local funding for Posse’s chapters in Boston, Chicago, Miami and New York.

News + Events - Summer 2015

Summer 2015

53 Scholars & Alumni Win Prestigious Fellowships, Annual Liaison Conference a Success, Save the Date for Power of 10 Events

Scholars, Alumni Win Competitive Fellowships & Scholarships

Summer 2015

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