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, diverse teams—Posses—of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.
UW-Madison was the first public institution to join the Posse Foundation. UW's Posse Program is now the largest in the United States.
90% Graduation Rate
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.
More than 500 merit scholarships have been awarded thus far.
A “posse” is a small, diverse group of talented students, selected and trained, to serve as a catalyst for increased individual and community development.