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Posse Scholars Program Provides College Access

Posse Scholars Program Provides College Access

“I never would have dropped out of college if I had my posse with me.” Sound familiar? That’s the idea that drives the Posse Foundation and what inspired the program.

The Posse Foundation, Inc.,  focuses on providing college access by carefully selecting and training a small cohort–a posse– of students. Launched in 1989 with one university partner, Vanderbilt University, the foundation now has partnerships with 40 top tier one colleges and universities, including Texas A&M University, Northwestern University, Pepperdine University and Syracuse University.

According to foundation’s annual report, since 1989, the Posse Foundation has identified, recruited and trained 4,223 public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential to become Posse Scholars.

The foundation has three simple goals:
1. To expand the pool from which top colleges and universities can recruit outstanding young leaders from diverse backgrounds.

2. To help institutions build more interactive campus environments so that they can be more welcoming for people from all backgrounds.

3. To ensure that Posse Scholars persist in their academic studies and graduate, so they can take on leadership positions in the workforce.

Posse Scholar Program
Posse Scholars are recruited from the largest school districts around the country.  Once recruited, students participate in pre-collegiate training during their high school senior year. Once on campus, students are paired with mentors who monitor their progress. Students receive academic guidance to ensure academic success and graduation. Posse Scholars also receive help transitioning from campus leaders to leaders in the workforce through networking, internships and career services.

Posse Scholars have received $485 Million in scholarships from partnering institutions and in 2011, the foundation was one of 10 charities chosen to receive a portion of President Barack Obama’s $1.4 million Nobel Peace Prize grant.

Learn more about Posse Foundation, Inc.
Read the Posse Foundations’ 20 Year Retrospective Report.

Photo Courtesy: Posse Foundation, Inc.