The Posse Foundation ( identifies students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential and places them in multicultural teams (“posses”) of 10 students, which act as support systems on campus. Scholars receive four-year, full-tuition merit scholarships from Posse’s college and university partners and persist and graduate at a rate of 90 percent. Annually, Posse D.C. supports 60 scholars in Pre-Collegiate Training, 250 scholars on campus and a network of more than 300 alumni.

Serves: Metro region

What a donation buys:

• $250 sponsors training for three mentors to work with scholars on campus for two years.

• $1,000 helps find the next class of Posse Scholars by supporting one of Posse’s annual large group interviews (each with 100 students).

• $10,000 sponsors a year of Posse D.C.’s comprehensive programming for two scholars.

Volunteer opportunities:

• One time: Evaluate nominees for the Posse Scholarship during Posse D.C.’s first-round interview sessions (August/September only).

• Ongoing: Become a writing or resume coach for a Posse Scholar.

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