The Posse Foundation identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who might otherwise be overlooked in the college admissions process, and places them in multicultural teams (“posses”) of ten students that act as support systems on campus and beyond. Posse expands the pool from which top universities recruit students, helps create more inclusive campus environments, and ensures that Posse Scholars persist in their academic studies and graduate (an astonishing 90% of them do) so they can take on leadership positions in our increasingly diverse nation. Sixty scholars from the DC area are chosen annually from an initial group of 1,600 and scholarships are awarded by Posse’s elite partner institutions (Bucknell, Grinnell, Lafayette, Sewanee: The University of the South, University of Rochester, University of Wisconsin-Madison). Pre-collegiate training prepares students for the social and academic expectations that lie ahead; an on-campus mentor tracks their progress; a career program offers counseling and workshops that lead to internships and jobs. Posse invests in the intelligence, talent, and dreams of young people. So can you.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 2
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church
Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic
Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members
- Persistence and Graduation Rate:
- Scholars selected to attend Posse D.C.'s six partner colleges and universities annually:
- Nominations Posse D.C. receives from public and charter high schools and community based organizations each year. :
More than 1,500
- Number of Posse D.C. Scholars selected over the past decade:
- Total four-year, full-tuition, merit-based leadership scholarships awarded since 2004:
Awards & Recognition
- $3 million or higher
- The current budget for The Posse Foundation is: $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
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