What is Posse?
The Posse model is rooted in the belief that a small, diverse group of talented students—a Posse— can serve as a catalyst for individual and community development. The Foundation identifies, recruits, and trains individuals with extraordinary leadership potential. Posse Scholars receive full-tuition leadership scholarships from Posse’s partner colleges and universities.
Posse Scholars—a majority of whom are first-generation collegegoers from low-income BIPOC communities—reflect the diversity of their school districts. To be considered for the award, students must first be nominated by their high school or a community-based organization. Nominees then take part in Posse’s Dynamic Assessment Process, an innovative, nontraditional method for assessing leadership and academic potential.
Class of 2021 Spotlights
Recent Senior Projects by Posse Graduates
- Saul Amezcua ’19 Familias Separadas: The Zero Tolerance Policy that Changed the U.S. Immigration System
- Edwar C. Aviles Mercedes ’20 What Lies in the Market: The Untold Connections Between Dominicans and Haitians
- Cariahbel Hilary Azemar ’19 Neuroplasticity
- Stephen Richardson ’18 The Cultivation of Black Eloquence By Means of Cultural Capital and Speech Training
- Eniyah C. Willingham ’19 Beyond Repair: An Investigation of the Experiences, Interpretations, and Self-Construction of Black Women Welfare Recipients in the Deep South
Bard College First to Offer Full-Tuition Posse Scholarships to Students from Puerto Rico as Posse Foundation, Lin-Manuel Miranda Launch Arts Leadership Program
The Posse Foundation is expanding to recruit art students in Puerto Rico through a new project launched in collaboration with Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Miranda Family Fund and Bard College. Beginning this fall, the college success and youth leadership development organization will identify, select and train cohorts of high school seniors in Puerto Rico interested in pursuing undergraduate arts degrees at mainland US colleges.