Impact on Campus
The concept of a Posse works for both students and college campuses, and is rooted in the belief that a small, diverse group of talented students—a Posse—carefully selected and trained, can serve as a catalyst for increased individual and community development. Identified for their leadership ability and overall motivation to succeed, Posse Scholars head campus organizations, encourage dialogue and programs that foster an inclusive campus environment and achieve academic success. Read More About Scholars’ Campus Impact
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Becoming a Scholar
Each fall, students are nominated by high schools and community-based organizations for their leadership and academic potential. Posse partner colleges and universities award merit-based leadership scholarships to multicultural teams of 10 students each. These teams (Posses) attend college together. Learn About the Nomination Process
Esteniolla Maitre Featured Scholar
Bryn Mawr College junior Esteniolla Maitre began crusading for education reform as a high school student from Mattapan, Massachusetts. Now, with the support of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, she is preparing to be an influential leader in the education field. Read Esteniolla’s Story.
Download Scholars + Alumni letter excerpts thanking President Obama for his remarkable gift and recognition of Posse.
Latest NewsWinter 2014
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.Winter 2014
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.Winter 2014
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.Winter 2014
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.