Tulane University Scholar and 2017 Ubben Posse Fellow Younes Boulares with his host U.S. Congressman John Lewis.

The Jeff Ubben Posse Fellows Program

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Overview

In 2016, The Posse Foundation’s board of directors and other major supporters established The Jeff Ubben Posse Fellows Program, which recognizes Jeff’s decade of service to Posse as chairman of the board. Supported by a fund of $1 million, five outstanding college sophomores are selected each year as Jeff Ubben Posse Fellows. These Scholars receive a generous stipend and a prestigious summer internship with a leader in one of the following workforce industries: arts, media & entertainment, STEM, law & government, education & nonprofit, and business & finance.

The 2019 Jeff Ubben Posse Fellows

  • Indira Rivera (Trinity College)
    with Travelers CEO Alan Schnitzer
  • Gloria Oladipo (Cornell University)
    with The Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis
  • Gurbir Singh (University of California, Berkeley)
    with Special Olympics Chairman of the Board Tim Shriver
  • Izabelle Fernandez (Wellesley College)
    with Eli Lilly and Company Chairman & CEO David Ricks
  • Nicholas West (Vassar College, Posse Veterans Program)
    with Common Application President & CEO Jenny Rickard

Jeff’s legacy

Chair Emeritus Jeff Ubben with University of Puget Sound Posse Scholars

With access to giants of industry, these young people will grow into tomorrow’s leaders.

Jeff Ubben, Founder and Managing Partner, ValueAct Capital, Posse Chair Emeritus

Jeff served as Posse’s board chair from 2007 to 2016. During his tenure, he helped the organization grow exponentially. Jeff helped bring on 47 new college and university partnerships, double the number of Posse cities, and build the organization’s assets to nearly $80 million. In 2014, Jeff was one of two donors to underwrite the expansion of the STEM Posse Program, allowing it to double in size. Similarly, he helped establish the Posse Veterans initiative. Jeff helped to develop the national board and local advisory boards, bringing in countless new supporters and advocates.

Jeff was especially dedicated to the idea that "America’s future relies on developing pathways to leadership positions for talented young people from every background, young people who truly represent the diversity of this country."

This program honors him for his contribution and finds those young people who epitomize this core organizational value.

Program Details

The Jeff Ubben Posse Fellows Program awards five exceptional Posse Scholars $10,000 each and the chance to spend 4-6 weeks during the summer shadowing and learning from a major industry leader.

Posse Scholars eligible for the Jeff Ubben Posse Fellows Program are students who are college sophomores with a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher, show tremendous leadership potential, and who will likely apply for the Rhodes, the Fulbright, the Marshall and other prestigious fellowships later in their college careers.

Each year, out of more than 600 Posse sophomores enrolled at elite colleges and universities nationwide, only five will be selected—less than one percent. All eligible Posse Scholars will receive an invitation to apply in the fall of their sophomore year.

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