Founded in 1989, the Posse Foundation identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams — Posses — of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships. A significant percentage of Posse Scholars are African Americans.
The Posse Foundation recruits high school students in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C. The foundation then places posses of 10 students at its 39 partner colleges and universities. Several partnership institutions admit two or more posses each year. Since 1989 more than 3,600 students have received scholarships from partner institutions valued at more than $400 million.
Since 1998 Middlebury College in Vermont has been admitting a posse of students from New York City high schools. The college is now adding a second posse of students from Chicago public schools.
Commenting on the contributions Posse Foundation students have made to Middlebury, college president Ron Liebowitz said, “Their energy, creativity, leadership, and the sharing of diverse experiences and talents have combined to truly enrich the life of the college.”