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.

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.

Fall 2013

Denison Associate Provost Champions Diversity

Denison University Associate Provost Dr. Toni C. King is dedicated to supporting diverse leadership in the student body and faculty. With a career that includes teaching at a historically black college, an all-women’s college, two state universities, and, for the past 15 years, a liberal arts college, Toni believes that higher education should offer a transformative experience.

Bryn Mawr College junior Esteniolla Maitre.

Fall 2013

Bryn Mawr Scholar Wins Prestigious Fellowship

Bryn Mawr College junior Esteniolla Maitre began crusading for education reform as a high school student from Mattapan, Massachusetts. Now, with the support of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, she is preparing to be an influential leader in the education field.

Posse alumni participate in a workshop activity during the National Posse Alumni Leadership Conference.

Fall 2013

180 Alumni Attend Posse Leadership Conference

In August, 180 Posse alumni attended the fifth annual National Posse Alumni Leadership Conference in New York City. The day-long conference included a presentation by Posse President and Founder Deborah Bial, a keynote address by Demos Distinguished Fellow and author Bob Herbert, as well as presentations by more than 30 guest speakers.

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