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 2013 Annual Report

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A worthwhile investment

For 25 years, Posse partner colleges and universities have welcomed Posse Scholars onto their campuses. They have awarded an incredible $688 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 1989, hoping to build a more integrated and diverse student body, Vanderbilt University took a risk on an unknown program with no track record. The program was Posse. There were only five students in that first Posse. They set the bar high and defined themselves—and all Posse Scholars to follow—as the leaders we believed they could be. Read More

Where is Posse?

Posse has sites in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and Washington, D.C. Posse opened its ninth site in Houston in 2012.

Latest News

Dartmouth Partners with Vets Program, Posse to Recruit 12 Top Institutions for Program

Fall 2014

The Posse Foundation will expand its Veterans Program to include a total of 12 top colleges and universities as partners over the next five years. As part of this expansion commitment, The Posse Foundation has partnered with Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Gen. Powell Addresses Posse Community in D.C.

Fall 2014

​In October, General Colin L. Powell, the former United States secretary of state and a dedicated advocate for American youth, offered remarks in honor of The Posse Foundation’s 25th anniversary.

Social Innovator, Wheaton Alum Wins Ainslie Award

Fall 2014

​Ryan Letada, an alumnus of Wheaton College, was selected as the 2014 winner of the Ainslie Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to the global community through social innovation.

Scholar Elected President of Grinnell Student Government

Fall 2014

​As a high school student, Posse Scholar Opeyemi “Ope” Awe knew she wanted to attend a college where she could become a leader. Now a senior at Grinnell College, Ope is leading the campus as Student Government Association president.