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Posse is one of the most comprehensive college success, diversity and youth leadership development programs in the country.

The University of Pittsburgh joined The Posse Foundation's roster of top-tier partner institutions in late 2023.

As part of the partnership, Pitt and Posse will recruit dynamic students in the Philadelphia metro area through Posse’s Virtual Program, an innovative model that employs online platforms to evaluate and prepare Scholars. Those selected for the Posse Scholarship receive four-year full-tuition funding and mentoring from the University as well as extensive support from the Foundation.

Pitt will select its inaugural Posse cohort during the 2024-2025 academic year and welcome the new cohort in Fall 2025.

About The Posse Foundation

The Posse Foundation started in 1989, inspired by a student who said, “I never would have dropped out of college if I’d had my posse with me.”

Posse recruits students as seniors in high school, works with them through an eight-month pre-collegiate training program, supports them through all four years of college, and helps them secure competitive internships and leadership-track jobs. The Foundation’s ultimate goal is to build a network of leaders that better reflects our country’s rich diversity.

Posse partners with 67 highly selective colleges and universities and supports dynamic students from 20-plus cities across the United States. To date, more than 13,000 students have won over $2.2 billion in scholarships from Posse partner schools. Most important, Scholars graduate at a rate of 90 percent—a rate that well exceeds the national average.