The Posse Foundation

WISH LIST: $300: 1 week of career programming for students and grads; $625: 1 week of campus programming for 6 posses; $2800: 1 month of pre-collegiate training for 60 scholars

The Posse Foundation identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who might otherwise be overlooked in the college admissions process. It helps them pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams (“posses”) of ten students that act as traveling support systems. 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 DC scholars are chosen annually from an initial group of 1,500 and scholarships are awarded by Posse’s elite partner institutions (Bucknell, Pepperdine, Grinnell, Lafayette, Sewanee: The University of the South, U 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.