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Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.
Was the first public instiitution to join the Posse Foundation. Wisconsin is now the largest Posse in the United States.
Once selected, Posse Scholars enroll in a 32-week training program during their senior high school year. They arrive on campus academically prepared and motivated to foster positive social change.
In 2002, University of Wisconsin-Madison was the first major public research institution to launch this unique program.
Approximately 155 merit scholarships have been awarded thus far.