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

25th Anniversary Gala Raises More Than $3.6 Million

Spring 2014

On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, The Posse Foundation held an elegant black-tie gala in celebration of 25 years of Posse Scholar success. More than 700 guests gathered at Cipriani Wall Street in downtown Manhattan and helped raise more than $3.6 million to support the Posse program.

Board Members Tim, Jeff Ubben Increase Total Giving to $50 Million

Spring 2014

​In a significant gesture of trust and belief in an organization with which they have been deeply involved, longstanding Posse board members Tim and Jeff Ubben pledged to increase their total giving to $50 million in honor of The Posse Foundation’s 25th anniversary.

Posse Celebrates 25 Years of Success

Spring 2014

This year, The Posse Foundation celebrates 25 years of successfully connecting talented public high school students to top-tier colleges and universities around the country. Posse Scholars lead on campus, persist and graduate at exceptionally high rates, and steadily climb the ranks in their chosen careers after graduation.

670 Students Win $108 Million in Scholarships

Spring 2014

​In January, The Posse Foundation welcomed 670 new Scholars at Awards Ceremonies in nine cities across the country.