Michelle Obama, April 2021.
Michelle Obama, April 2021.

News & Events

Spring 2021

Announcing Posse Arts: Michelle Obama Celebrates New Posse Collaboration with Lin-Manuel Miranda

The Posse Foundation has launched a new arts initiative in partnership with Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Miranda Family Fund, with CalArts as the first institutional partner. Former First Lady Michelle Obama announced the program at a virtual panel hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda in honor of his upcoming film "In the Heights."


Winter 2014

Posse President, Scholars Attend White House Summit

​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 commi

Winter 2014

STEM Program Grows with Four New Partners

At a White House summit on January 16, 2014, The Posse Foundation announced that it is increasing the number of colleges and universities committed to supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) Posses, bringing the total number of to

Winter 2014

Obama Highlights Scholar in State of the Union

​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 Oba

Winter 2014

Bard Scholar Introduces First Lady at White House Summit

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 i

Winter 2014

Google Grants Posse $1.2 Million Global Impact Award

In November 2013, The Posse Foundation proudly accepted a Global Impact Award from Google at a higher education event for veterans in Washington, D.C. The award, a grant of $1.2 million, will help fund the Posse Veterans Program, which was launched i

Sandy Stahl, the associate dean of students at Vanderbilt University.

Winter 2014

Vanderbilt Celebrates 25 Years of Scholar Success

​In 1989, Vanderbilt University became the first institutional partner of The Posse Foundation. Committed to creating a diverse campus community, Vanderbilt took a chance on an untested program and offered full-tuition scholarships to five New York

Winter 2014

Mentors Have Lasting Impact on Scholars

The rigorous selection and training of Posse Scholars, together with the support they receive from the colleges and universities they attend, contributes to the stellar 90 percent persistence and graduation rate. Critical components of that support a

Grinnell College Posse alumnus Kyle Espinosa was part of a team at Nickelodeon that won an Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media—User Experience and Visual Design.

Winter 2014

Grinnell Alum Wins Emmy with Nickelodeon Team

​Kyle Espinosa can still remember the smell of Fourth of July fireworks that permeated the air when he arrived in the United States from the Philippines at the age of 15. A mere seven years later, he is a Posse alumnus, a Grinnell College graduate

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan.

Fall 2013

University of Virginia Becomes Posse Partner

The Posse Foundation is proud to add the University of Virginia (U.Va.) to its roster of top-tier college and university partners. U.Va. will select its first Posse of 10 Scholars from Houston this December.

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