2018 Ainslie Award winner Gabrielle Farrell (center) with Posse President + Founder Deborah Bial and past Ainslie winners.
2018 Ainslie Award winner Gabrielle Farrell (center) with Posse President + Founder Deborah Bial and past Ainslie winners.

The Ainslie Alumni Achievement Award

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Overview

The Ainslie Alumni Achievement Award is given each year at the Alumni Leadership Conference to one outstanding Posse alumna/alumnus who has demonstrated incredible leadership and success while giving back to the world.

The award honors Posse alumni who continue a legacy of leadership in their communities and who exemplify the values of The Posse Foundation. Recipients are selected based on their potential to create meaningful, far-reaching contributions to society as demonstrated by their track record of significant accomplishment. The winner of the prestigious Ainslie Award also receives a $10,000 no-strings-attached grant.

Watch: Gabrielle Farrell’s 2018 Ainslie Award Tribute Video

2018 Ainslie winner Gabrielle Farrell is a Posse alumna of Bryn Mawr College.

Past Ainslie Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

From left to right, top to bottom: Carlos Carela, Carmen Green Jr., Mia Howard, Adrian Lievano, Laquan Lightfoot, Ryan Letada, Mason Richards, Nadia Marie Sasso, Dr. Erica Spatz, Loubens Theork
From left to right, top to bottom: Carlos Carela, Carmen Green Jr., Mia Howard, Adrian Lievano, Laquan Lightfoot, Ryan Letada, Mason Richards, Nadia Marie Sasso, Dr. Erica Spatz, Loubens Theork. Coming soon: 2018 Ainslie winner Gabrielle Farrell.

Meet the Recipients

Michael Ainslie’s Legacy

When Posse was still a fledgling organization, it got lucky: Michael Ainslie came into the picture.

In that serendipitous encounter, Michael quickly recognized Posse’s potential and in 1994 became its first board chair. During his tenure, Michael established the Posse Board, helped expand the number of college and university partnerships, and laid the foundation for the program’s future success. Today Posse is widely recognized as one of the most comprehensive college success and youth leadership development initiatives in the United States.

In 2007, Michael stepped down after 13 years at the helm of Posse’s national board of directors.

As a tribute to his accomplishments Posse established a $1 million fund to permanently endow a portion of the alumni program at The Posse Foundation and institute in perpetuity The Ainslie Alumni Achievement Award.

Award Details

The Ainslie Alumni Achievement Award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of a Posse alumna/us each year with a prize of $10,000. Posse does not evaluate how recipients use the funds, nor are recipients required to submit information to Posse regarding how they use the funds.

The prize goes to a graduate who has achieved success and given back to the world — just like Michael. Michael is the very embodiment of the values we seek in our Scholars and Posse will forever be indebted to him.

The next Ainslie Alumni Achievement Award recipient will be announced at the 2019 Alumni Leadership Conference.

Nominations for the 2019 Ainslie Award will open in 2019. Stay tuned!

Alumni Leadership Conference

Conf 17 2The Ainslie Alumni Achievement Award is presented each year at the National Posse Alumni Leadership Conference.

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