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 $804 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 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

61 Young Leaders from Houston Win Full-Tuition Scholarships

Spring 2015

Sixty-one new Scholars won nearly $8 million in four-year, full-tuition scholarships from Posse Houston's six partner colleges and universities.

Bryn Mawr Scholars Win Mellon Mays Fellowships

Spring 2015

​Bryn Mawr College Scholars Gissell Montoya and Jessica Bernal, both sophomores, were awarded competitive research fellowships for Ph.D.-track students to prepare them for professorial careers and to increase faculty diversity in higher education.

Posse New York Welcomes 133 Extraordinary New Scholars

Spring 2015

​Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater in New York City lent its famous stage for the 2015 Posse New York Awards Ceremony where more than 130 new Scholars celebrated winning Posse Scholarships worth $244 million.

Brandeis STEM Scholar Studies Medicine in Denmark

Spring 2015

​Rabab Ayoub, an adventurous third-year Brandeis University STEM Posse Scholar majoring in biology, is studying abroad at the Danish Institute of Study Abroad Medical Practice and Policy Program in Copenhagen, Denmark