We Develop Tomorrow’s Leaders.

Posse is one of the most comprehensive and renowned college access and youth leadership development programs in the United States. In fact, President Barack Obama said in an interview in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “One of this year’s MacArthur awardees—the ‘genius’ awards—is an innovator named Deborah Bial. She proposed a model to identify promising students from…urban backgrounds using an alternative set of qualities as predictors of success in college. …The students that are selected form a ‘Posse’ and are provided with extra supports, and end up graduating from selective colleges with a very high success rate.”

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.

Posse’s 2015 Annual Report

Download Posse’s 2015 Annual Report

A worthwhile investment

For 27 years, Posse partner colleges and universities have welcomed Posse Scholars onto their campuses. They have awarded an incredible $931 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.

From the President + Founder and Chair

Dear Friends,
In 2014 we celebrated The Posse Foundation’s 25th anniversary. Twenty-five years of Posse has produced some incredible moments. Read More

Where is Posse?

Posse has chapters in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and Washington, D.C. Posse opened its 10th
chapter in the Bay Area in 2015.

Latest News

Texas A&M Scholar Looks to Expand on Record of Success

Spring 2017

​Even before arriving on Texas A&M University’s campus as a freshman last year, Milton G. had an impressive resume.

Houston Celebrates Power of 10, Raises More Than $330K

Spring 2017

​In October 2016, Posse Houston held its fourth Power of 10 fundraiser, raising more than $300,000 to support Posse Scholars.

Posse Houston Welcomes Wellesley College, Concludes 2016 DAP Season

Spring 2017

​In the fall of 2016, Posse Houston began recruiting for its newest partner, Wellesley College.

Vassar Scholar Spreads Awareness About Global Food Waste

Spring 2017

​Vassar Scholar Huy Nguyen excels at balancing his academics and giving back to his community in a meaningful way.

DePauw Scholar Strives to Make a Difference Through Art

Spring 2017

​Greisy Genao, DePauw University Posse Scholar, is a sophomore majoring in English writing with a minor in film studies.