Specialized Initiatives

In addition to its traditional model, The Posse Foundation has three specialized initiatives: Civic Engagement, STEM and Veterans. Each of these initiatives represents a strategic replication of the Posse model and furthers the Foundation’s goal of finding and nurturing young leaders capable of meeting the challenges of tomorrow.

Posse Civic Engagement Program

Underwritten by a $500,000 five-year grant from The New World Foundation of New York City, as part of their Civic Opportunities Initiative Network, this initiative supports students interested in exploring careers in social justice and public service. It features a curriculum designed to foster community action and build civic awareness. In addition, Civic Engagement Scholars hold summer internships at institutions and organizations that work to address societal inequities. By providing meaningful work in the public sector and by employing a curriculum that strengthens social responsibility, The Posse Civic Engagement Programinitiative equips Scholars with the tools to create positive, lasting change.

Posse STEM Program

The Posse Foundation believes that scientific and technological innovations are inextricably linked to our national health, security and global competitiveness. As a result, it has developed The Posse STEM Program to recruit, train and support Posse Scholars in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The STEM initiative helps institutions of higher education improve the numbers and performance of underrepresented students majoring in STEM fields while also helping to develop campus communities that are more welcoming to students from diverse backgrounds.

Posse Veterans Program

The Posse Veterans Program identifies and supports veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who are interested in pursuing bachelor’s degrees at top colleges and universities across the country. By creating cohorts of veterans, preparing them for the college experience and supporting them through graduation, the Veterans initiative will greatly increase veterans’ success in college and ultimately in the workforce. The Posse Foundation announced its veterans initiative in 2012 and began the program in partnership with Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, became the second institutional partner for the Posse Veterans Program in 2013 and Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, joined as the third partner in 2014.

Learn more about nominating a veteran for the Posse Veterans Program.

partner schools

Posse is partnered with some of the best colleges and universities in the nation.