The Posse Foundation

The Posse Foundation is a national non-profit college access and youth leadership development organization that identifies, recruits, and trains incredible youth leaders and sends them off in diverse teams ("Posses") to top colleges and universities around the country. Posse recruits and selects student leaders from public high schools in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, DC to form multicultural teams of ten called "posses". Since 1989, The Posse Foundation has placed 1,500 Posse Scholars at top colleges and universities around the country. These scholars have collectively been awarded $142 million in full-tuition leadership scholarships from Posse partner universities. The Posse Foundation currently works with twenty eight top partner colleges and universities from all around the country. Posse Chicago was founded in 2000 in the heart of downtown Chicago. To date, over 320 Chicago Posse Scholars have been awarded over $32 million in leadership scholarships. Posse Chicago's partner universities and colleges include Carleton College DePauw University, Denison University, Oberlin College, Pomona College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. Posse Chicago is an expanding site that is positioned to grow to recruit for up to twelve university partners. This site's current annual operating budget is $1.2 million.

Mission Statement

The Posse Foundation identifies, recruits and trains student leaders from public high schools to form multicultural teams called "Posses." These teams are then prepared, through an intensive Pre-Collegiate Training Program, for enrollment at top-tier universities nationwide to pursue their academics and to help promote cross-cultural communication on campus.

The Details

  • Address
    111 W. Jacksonsuite 1900Chicago, IL 60604
  • Contact
    • Zoe Engel
  • Phone
    • 3125669790
  • Fax
    • 3125669796
  • Website
  • Interest Area
    • Children & Youth, Education & Literacy

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