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The Posse Foundation is a nationally recognized youth
leadership development and college access program that identifies, recruits,
and trains diverse teams—Posses—of public high school students and sends them
to top colleges and universities. To date, a total of 6,275 Posse Scholars have
been accepted into top-tier institutions of higher education throughout the
country. These young people have received $806 million in full-tuition
leadership scholarships from Posse’s college and university partners and have
been agents of positive change on their campuses.
Posse’s unique and carefully structured, three-month
selection process identifies candidates using criteria beyond academic
achievement, including leadership talent, desire to succeed and ability to work
constructively with people from diverse backgrounds. Posse’s high school
through college programming makes it one of the most comprehensive programs of
its kind in the nation. In 2010, The Posse Foundation was identified by
President Obama as one of 10 national non-profit organizations to receive a
portion of his Nobel Peace Prize grant. The foundation is poised to double in
size over the next ten years and dramatically increase its national impact.
Posse’s current university partners include Agnes Scott,
Babson, Bard, Boston University, Brandeis, Bryn Mawr, Bucknell, Carleton,
Centre, Colby, The College of Wooster, Connecticut College, Cornell, Dartmouth,
Davidson, Denison, DePauw, Dickinson, Franklin
& Marshall, Grinnell, Hamilton, Hobart and William Smith, Kalamazoo,
Lafayette, Lawrence, Middlebury, Mount Holyoke, Northwestern, Oberlin,
Pepperdine, Pomona, Sewanee, Smith, St. Olaf College, Syracuse, Texas A&M,
Trinity, Tulane, Union, University of California, Berkeley, University of
California, Los Angeles, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University
of Puget Sound, University of Rochester,
University of Southern California, University of Texas, Austin, University of
Virginia, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Vanderbilt, Vassar, Wesleyan, and
Posse’s 2015 budget of $20.4 million supports programs
in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York
City, Washington, D.C., and its newest site, the Bay Area. Posse has a staff of
150 nationally. There is a national board of directors, as well as advisory
boards in each city.