The Posse Foundation identifies and trains small, diverse groups of motivated students to develop individual and community leadership skills. Each Posse Scholar receives a full scholarshipto one of Posse’s nationally ranked partner universities and comprehensive coaching and preparation before college as well as mentorship and support throughout and after their college careers. This year IDEA has nominated—for the first time—10 scholars who will participate in Posse’s rigorous application process in hopes of earning a Posse scholarship.
The Posse Foundation recruits high school students from Washington, DC and nine other US cities. Posse has matched several outstanding colleges and universities with each Posse chapter. Posse DC’s partner schools are Bucknell University, Lafayette College, Sewanee: The University of the South, the University of Rochester, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Nominated scholars will participate in the first round of interviews in August and September. Successful scholars will then move to the second round. Finally, 10 Posse scholars will be selected to attend each of Posse DC’s five partner colleges and universities, for a total of 50 Posse scholars in each year’s cohort.
IDEA Math Teacher Dr. Autumn Gabriel and Dean of Culture Lori Briscoe led the process for nominating 10 scholars for the Posse scholarship and will work, along with Math Teacher Heidi Simonsen, with IDEA’s scholars throughout the process. Dr. Gabriel has experience helping students become Posse scholars through Posse Atlanta. Four of her former students were Posse scholars who have graduated from Bard College, Boston University, Brandeis University, and Texas A & M University.