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Provides full four-year scholarships to students who would be overlooked for funding by many traditional programs. During college, the program groups students together in cohorts of 10 to form multicultural, supportive “Posses” lead by a mentor, to provide the necessary social and academic environment for college success. Currently there are two streams of Posse students: the Liberal Arts Posse and the newer Science Posse introduced in 2008.

Target Population

College applicants with leadership and problem solving skills.


To identify qualified high school students in need of scholarship with measurements other than standardized tests, and give them the support they need for college completion.

Program Highlights

  • The Posse selection process includes a series of personal and group interviews.
  • Students attend college success workshops during the senior year of high school. For the Science Posse, students also attend a two-week intensive science “boot camp”.
  • Posse has active partnerships with corporations to provide internships and career services to students.

The Facts

Over 40 undergraduate and graduate institutions
In 2008, awarded $43 million in scholarships across the country


Higher Education

  • Boston University
  • The College of Wooster
  • Hamilton College
  • Tulane University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • And over 35 other institutions


  • Time Warner Inc
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • Pearson
  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • And over 100 other partners

Non-Profit / Philanthropy

  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • The Ubben Foundation
  • And over 100 other partners


Evidence of Impact

Level 2 - Descriptive data, as well as personal accounts of positive effects in over five contexts. However, the program only reports percentages, not statistical analyses.

The Posse Foundation: Moving beyond test scores to identify high-potential youth: Describes a program overview, including the organization's mission and partnerships. However, only provides anecdotal evidence of effects, though in multiple contexts.

Posse scholars and their families: 2008 annual report: Case studies of successful students, full lists of partners, and financial information.

Internal evaluation data at specific locations, but no publicly available national statistical analyses.
Replicated at over 40 institutions across the country.

Contact Information

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Posse National Office
14 Wall Street, Suite 8A-60
New York,  NY  10005

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