From the President + Founder and Chair

Dear Friends,

In 2014 we celebrated The Posse Foundation’s 25th anniversary. Twenty-five
years of Posse has produced some incredible moments.

There was a moment when that first student said he never would have dropped
out of college if he’d had his “posse” with him. There was a moment when
Vanderbilt University said they’d take a chance on an untested program. There
was a moment when the first Posse Scholars took that Greyhound bus from
New York City to Nashville, Tennessee. And there was a moment when we all
collectively realized: This is going to work.

Today, thousands of tremendously talented and inspired young people have
become Posse Scholars. They have won an astounding $806 million in
scholarships from Posse’s more than 50 college and university partners. They
persist and graduate at a rate of 90 percent. They are becoming the leaders we
so need in the world.

Posse Scholars represent the best of what America has to offer. Each year
16,000 students are nominated for fewer than 800 scholarship slots. The fewer
than 5 percent who win these coveted spots as Posse Scholars are as diverse
as the big cities from which they are recruited. Their dreams and aspirations are
diverse as well. The qualities we see in them when they are only 17 years old—
drive, keen intellect, curiosity, charm and leadership potential—will carry them
into the workforce where they will become our next senators, CEOs, journalists,
entrepreneurs and top scientists.

In 2014, with 10 outstanding partner colleges and universities, Posse
expanded its Science Technology Engineering and Math initiative in response
to a challenge from the White House to do more for underrepresented students.
Over the next five years, an additional 500 students will be selected for this
program. We are excited to see these young people pursue their passion for
research, innovation and discovery in the sciences.

In 2014 we were thrilled when Dartmouth joined Vassar and Wesleyan in
Posse’s post-9/11 U.S. veterans initiative. We expect to see this program
double or triple in size over the next several years.

In 2014 Posse committed to opening in the San Francisco Bay Area—our 10th
location—making it possible for the Foundation to pursue its 2020 goals and
ultimately serve 5,000 students per year in its high school-through-college

Twenty-five years is a milestone anniversary that Posse would not have reached
without your support, without your advocacy for the mission, without your belief
in these Scholars. We thank you for being part of this national movement and
we look forward to the next 25 years. We know we will see incredible successes
as Posse Scholars take on the country’s greatest challenges.


Deborah Bial, President + Founder
Jeff Ubben, Chair

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