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
New Bard College Posse Arts Scholars Welcomed by President Leon Botstein, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Luis A. Miranda Jr., and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona at Virtual Awards Ceremony
The Posse Arts Program celebrated its inaugural class of scholars, including a cohort from Puerto Rico that will attend Bard this coming fall, at a virtual awards ceremony on January 24. Yadier Perez, one of 10 Posse Arts Scholars who will attend Bard, reflected on the significance of the award for his family. “I am thankful to Bard. You have given me the opportunity to show my brothers, my siblings, that pushing and fighting for your dreams can make them a reality.”