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.
Download Posse’s 2013 Annual Report
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.
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
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 NewsSpring 2015
Sixty-one new Scholars won nearly $8 million in four-year, full-tuition scholarships from Posse Houston's six partner colleges and universities.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.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.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