Posse Scholars on graduation day

Posse Scholars on graduation day

A unique method that works.

Posse’s four program components are designed to ensure our Scholars’ success. With support from Posse, Scholars excel at school, win competitive internships and earn prestigious awards. After graduation, many of our alumni are admitted to elite graduate programs and hired for top jobs.

The Dynamic Assessment Process

Posse’s Dynamic Assessment Process (DAP) is a unique evaluation method that identifies young leaders with great potential.

Running from September through December each year, DAP finds students who might be missed by the traditional admissions criteria at highly selective schools but who can excel on campus. DAP uses nontraditional forums to evaluate potential, offering nominated students an opportunity to demonstrate their intrinsic leadership ability, their skill at working in a team setting, and their motivation and drive to succeed.

DAP has proven to be an extremely effective tool. Using the three-part process, which includes group and individual interviews, Posse staff and partner college administrators ultimately select a diverse group of 10 students — a Posse — for each institution.

Pre-Collegiate Training

Posse’s Pre-Collegiate Training (PCT) helps Scholars develop as leaders before they matriculate at college.

From January to August of their senior year in high school, newly selected Scholars meet weekly with Posse peers and staff for two-hour workshops that address four areas:

  • Academic excellence
  • Team building and group support
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Leadership and becoming an active agent of change

Posse is the greatest single idea in higher education in the last quarter of a century.

Robert A. Oden Jr., Carleton College President Emeritus

Campus Program

The four-year Campus Program works to ensure the retention of Posse Scholars and to increase the impact of the program on campus.

Posse staff visit each school four times annually for meetings with Scholars, campus liaisons and mentors. During a Posse’s first two years on campus, Scholars meet with their mentor weekly as a group and individually every two weeks.

Posse also facilitates a weekend-long PossePlus Retreat for each of its partner schools in the spring. Attended by members of the student body, faculty and administration, PossePlus Retreats explore an important social issue identified by Scholars.

Career Program

The Career Program connects Posse Scholars and alumni to highly coveted professional development opportunities.

By partnering with industry-leading companies and organizations and establishing affiliations with first-tier graduate and professional schools, the Career Program gives Scholars tools to secure competitive internships and leadership-track jobs in a wide range of fields.

The Career Program has five components:

  • Internships
  • Career Development Workshops
  • Career Coaching
  • Graduate + Fellowship Program
  • The Alumni Network
summer retreat boston
Know an amazing leader who's ready to be our next Posse Scholar?
Learn about the Posse nomination process

Featured Posse stories