Posse identifies local 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 that act as support systems on campus and beyond. It expands the pool from which top institutions recruit students, helps create more inclusive campus environments, and ensures that scholars (an astonishing 90%!) persist and graduate so they can take on leadership positions in our diverse nation. Sixty from the DC area are chosen annually and full-tuition, merit-based, leadership scholarships are awarded by partner institutions (Bucknell, Lafayette, Lewis & Clark, Sewanee, University of Rochester, and UW-Madison). Pre-collegiate training prepares students for what lies ahead; an on-campus mentor tracks progress; a career program leads to internships and jobs. Posse invests in what counts: the intelligence, talent, and dreams of young people.
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
- Breaking Ground: Kavitha Cardoza on the College Completion Gap
Wed Sep 16 2015, The Kojo Nnamdi Show
WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza explores unheard stories in her documentary series Breaking Ground, including the high-school dropout crisis.
- Recruiting veterans to elite colleges
Thu Sep 10 2015, Marketplace Education
- Supporting First-Generation Students
Tue Sep 1 2015, Breaking Ground - WAMU
Low-income students who make it to college graduate at significantly lower rates than their higher-income counterparts.
- College As A Team Sport
Thu Aug 6 2015, The National Journal
Posse is cultivating college-bound students and sending them off with a built-in support network, beating the national graduation avg by 30%
- Beyond Test Scores: Innovative Approaches to Identifying Young Scholars
Mon Jan 26 2015, The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Many educators today believe that less quantifiable traits like "grit" and "self control" are better predictors of academic success.
- $3 million or higher
- The current budget for Posse DC is: $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
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