News + Press

Winter 2014

Posse Pres., Scholars Attend White House Summit

​The Posse Foundation was represented by its president and founder, Deborah Bial, at a White House summit in Washington, D.C., on January 16, 2014. At the summit, President Obama and the First Lady called on higher education leaders to make a commitment to the administration’s North Star goal of leading the world in college graduation rates by the year 2020. Read More

Winter 2014

STEM Program Doubles with 5 New Partners

At a White House summit on January 16, 2014, The Posse Foundation announced that it is doubling the number of colleges and universities committed to supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) Posses, bringing the total number of top-tier Posse STEM partners to 10. Read More

Winter 2014

Obama Highlights Scholar in State of the Union

​Posse Scholarship recipient Estiven Rodriguez, currently a student at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School in New York City, attended the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 28, as an invited guest of First Lady Michelle Obama. Read More

Winter 2014

Bard Scholar Introduces First Lady at White House Summit

In January, Posse Scholar Troy Simon received a phone call that most people only dream of. He was invited by the White House to introduce First Lady Michelle Obama at the College Opportunity Summit and share with a national audience how he overcame illiteracy to receive a Posse Scholarship to attend Bard College. Read More

Winter 2014

Google Grants Posse $1.2 Million Global Impact Award

In November 2013, The Posse Foundation proudly accepted a Global Impact Award from Google at a higher education event for veterans in Washington, D.C. The award, a grant of $1.2 million, will help fund the Posse Veterans Program, which was launched in 2012 to increase veterans’ success in college and the workforce. Read More

Winter 2014

Vanderbilt Celebrates 25 Years of Scholar Success

​In 1989, Vanderbilt University became the first institutional partner of The Posse Foundation. Committed to creating a diverse campus community, Vanderbilt took a chance on an untested program and offered full-tuition scholarships to five New York City public high school seniors whose subsequent success has served as a model to Posse Scholars for 25 years Read More

Winter 2014

Mentors Have Lasting Impact on Scholars

The rigorous selection and training of Posse Scholars, together with the support they receive from the colleges and universities they attend, contributes to the stellar 90 percent persistence and graduation rate. Critical components of that support are the campus mentors, who are staff and faculty members from Posse’s partner institutions dedicated to guiding Scholars to a successful college experience. Read More

Winter 2014

Grinnell Alum Wins Emmy with Nickelodeon Team

​Kyle Espinosa can still remember the smell of Fourth of July fireworks that permeated the air when he arrived in the United States from the Philippines at the age of 15. A mere seven years later, he is a Posse alumnus, a Grinnell College graduate and an Emmy Award winner. Read More

Fall 2013

University of Virginia Becomes Posse Partner

The Posse Foundation is proud to add the University of Virginia (U.Va.) to its roster of top-tier college and university partners. U.Va. will select its first Posse of 10 Scholars from Houston this December. Read More

Upcoming Events



An Evening of Stars - 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration

Celebrate 25 Years of Posse Scholar Success

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Join Posse in New York City for a truly memorable evening and major milestone, the 25th anniversary gala.

Cipriani Wall Street
55 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005

Cocktails: 6:30 pm
Program: 7:30 pm

Attire: Black Tie