January 14, 2019 - POSSE Foundation

Leveraging potential for the greater good

Imagine you could help motivated high school students in your community – those with extraordinary academic and leadership potential, who would not have access to advanced education for financial reasons. What could offer these kids an education at one of our great colleges at no expense to them? The POSSE foundation has done exactly that. The program extends four-year full tuition scholarships, by partnering with one of 60 universities and colleges.   Each institution agrees to support 10 students as a group from a specific community – like Atlanta. The students are placed in carefully curated multicultural teams.  POSSE also provides the crucial social support required for these kids to fit in and thrive in an environment where the enrichment experiences of other students may differ greatly from their own. The amazingly successful structure of this program has shepherded over 8400 students to graduate successfully; which represents over 90% of those initially selected to participate. 

To tap the talent and leadership potential of post 911 veterans, they are now qualifying for the scholarship process. In September 2019, the first class of vets will proudly matriculate to the University of Chicago, on their way to a new life, and new ways to serve.

Opportunity starts as a circumstance of birth. Possibilities exist here in America that do not exist anywhere else in this world; including excellent public education. This coordinated effort recognizes clearly brilliant and capable kids are born to all kinds of families, of every race and every economic bracket. These scholars are our future; a natural resource of great potential that must be cultivated to the fullest. Let’s elevate great minds and change the world.

POSSE was the vision of Deborah Bial who in 1989 engaged colleges and universities in co-sponsoring the education of kids clearly exhibiting drive and brains. How can you help? The college provides an excellent full boat academic scholarship and private individuals (like me!) and insightful corporations pick up what’s left. The auxiliary cost is about $4,000.00 per student per year, much of it from small private gifts. This includes the guidance, transportation, and everything needed to insure success. We can help kids with limited options but unlimited potential; become world class leaders in one generation of enrichment.

Astute corporations are also stepping up to capture these scholars in prestigious internships, further enriching their experience – Judges , Senators, Museums, Hospitals, regardless of their own area of study an opportunity exists.

The alumni network is also becoming a powerful pipeline. The 4500 graduates from every discipline are able cross pollinate ideas to serve needed strategies for positive social change all over the world.

POSSE Foundation

POSSE – National Office

14 Wall Street, Suite 8A-60

New York, NY 10005

POSSE – Atlanta Office

101 Marietta Stree, N.W. Suite 1040

Atlanta, GA

Contact POSSE  

ATL Office: (404) 751-3340 

Posse Partners

College and University Partners


  • Agnes Scott College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Bucknell University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Davidson College 
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Hamilton College
  • Lafayette College
  • Middlebury College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College
  • Pepperdine University
  • Smith College
  • Syracuse University
  • Trinity College
  • Tulane University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Wheaton College
  • ...and more!

Career Partners


  • 20th Century Fox
  • The Allstate Corporation
  •  Alnylam Pharmaceuticals 
  •  American Honda Motor Co
  •  Blue Cross Blue Shield 
  •  Boston Museum of Science 
  •  Capital Group 
  •  CBS Television Studios 
  •  Central Intelligence Agency 
  •  Discovery Communications 
  •  Fidelity Investments 
  •  Google 
  •  Health Net 
  •  Kroger 
  •  Liberty Mutual 
  •  Morgan Stanley
  •  Norwegian Cruise Line 
  •  Pandora 
  •  Paramount Pictures 
  •  Reebok International, Ltd. 
  •  Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD 
  •  Sony Pictures Entertainment 
  •  Teach For America 
  •  Turner Broadcasting System 
  •  United Talent Agency 
  •  Viacom Media Networks 
  •  The Walt Disney Companies 
  • ...and more!

Nomination Process


The Posse Scholarship is neither a minority nor a need-based scholarship. It is open to students of all backgrounds. 

To be eligible, a high school senior must:

  • Be nominated by their high school or a community-based organization
  • Be in the first term of their senior year in high school
  • Demonstrate leadership within their high school, community or family
  • Demonstrate academic potential
  • Apply on time; depending on the Posse city, nominations are accepted between the spring and early August before each new school year begins

Posse seeks students who are:

  • Leaders in their high schools and communities
  • Committed to their education and demonstrate academic potential
  • Interested in teamwork and diversity
  • Positive, motivated, talented, ambitious young people