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The Posse Foundation matches promising high school students with top-tier colleges and universities. Each year these students enter college in a multicultural cohort (Posses) of 10. The Posse Foundation helps colleges and universities diversify their student body and create an inclusive, welcoming campus. In addition, the Posse program empowers the scholars to excel in their academic pursuits while being active leaders on their respective campuses.



Goals of the Posse program

  1. To expand the pool from which top colleges and universities can recruit outstanding young leaders from diverse backgrounds.
  2. To help these institutions build more interactive campus environments so that they can be more welcoming for people from all backgrounds.
  3. To ensure that Posse Scholars persist in their academic studies and graduate so they can take on leadership positions in the workforce.



The Posse Challenge

Cornell alums Barton and Susan Winokur, both Class of 1961, were instrumental in bringing the Posse program to Cornell in 2013. A group of alumni, Ron McCray ’79 and Dennis ’65 and Joyce ’66 Black, recently announced a major challenge grant to provide funding for the program for at least the next five years!

The Posse Challenge is a 1:1 challenge match for current-use gifts, with a minimum qualifying gift of $1,000 a year and a maximum gift amount of $250,000 a year. The challenge began Dec. 1, 2018, and will conclude on Dec. 31, 2020.

For questions about the Posse challenge, contact Julie Albertson, at