Posse Scholars are catalysts for change on campus.

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

Opeyemi Awe Featured Scholar

Opeyemi “Ope” Awe knew she wanted to attend a college where she could become a leader. Now a senior at Grinnell College, she was elected president of the Student Government Association. Read Ope’s Story.

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Latest News

Sting, Debbie Harry, Chris Botti Perform at Annual Gala

Summer 2015

​The Posse Foundation’s annual gala held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, was a star-studded affair featuring performances by world-renowned artists Sting, Debbie Harry and Chris Botti. The event raised $2.1 million to support Posse’s programs and Scholars and honored four Posse Stars.

10th Posse Chapter Opens in San Francisco Bay Area

Summer 2015

​In April, Posse commemorated the launch of its 10th chapter, Posse Bay Area, with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by Posse Board Chair Jeff Ubben.

Vanderbilt Alum, Army Veteran Leads Posse Bay Area

Summer 2015

With a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, a master’s from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, many years as a Posse staff member, and three years as a U.S. Army officer, Posse alumnus Leroy Foster is uniquely positioned to lead Posse’s 10th chapter in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Bucknell Scholar Contributes to National Cancer Institute Research

Summer 2015

Bucknell University Scholar Ahmed Elnaiem, a rising senior majoring in cell biology and biochemistry, is putting his skills to work as a research assistant with the National Cancer Institute at the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Ropes & Gray Partner Champions Power of Opportunity

Summer 2015

​Opportunity is at the crux of Posse national board member Diane Patrick’s career trajectory, and it’s what drew her to The Posse Foundation.

450 Posse Scholars Graduate from Top Universities

Summer 2015

​This year, 450 Posse Scholars graduated from Posse partner colleges and universities across the country. These impressive young people leave college well prepared to take full advantage of the many opportunities a first-rate education affords.

Student Affairs VP, Dean of Students Builds Dynamic Colby Community

Summer 2015

​With nearly 30 years of experience, James “Jim” Terhune, the vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Colby College, is committed to creating a college community that offers students a holistic, dynamic learning environment.

Barclays Awards Posse More Than $1 Million

Summer 2015

A partnership with ​Barclays, the British multinational banking and financial services company, began with a $25,000 grant to Posse Boston and has grown to include more than $1 million in financial support for the Foundation nationally and additional local funding for Posse’s chapters in Boston, Chicago, Miami and New York.

News + Events - Summer 2015

Summer 2015

53 Scholars & Alumni Win Prestigious Fellowships, Annual Liaison Conference a Success, Save the Date for Power of 10 Events

Scholars, Alumni Win Competitive Fellowships & Scholarships

Summer 2015

This year, 53 Posse Scholars and alumni won major national and international fellowship awards.