The Posse Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to increasing access to higher education for students from diverse backgrounds. Founded in 1989, the organization has helped to send thousands of students to college and beyond, providing them with full-tuition scholarships and ongoing support throughout their academic careers. 

One of the most notable programs offered by the Posse Foundation is the Posse Scholars program, which selects groups of 10 students from urban high schools and prepares them for success in college. These students, known as “Posse Scholars,” receive full-tuition scholarships to attend top colleges and universities across the United States, and are provided with a network of support that includes mentoring, academic support, and a sense of community. 

Each Posse Scholar is part of a “posse,” a group of students who are selected and trained to support each other throughout their college careers. The posse provides scholars with a sense of community, support, and accountability, which helps them to succeed in college and beyond. By working together, the members of the posse are able to overcome challenges and obstacles that might otherwise prevent them from achieving their academic and personal goals. 

The impact of the Posse Scholars program can be seen in the success stories of its graduates. Many Posse Scholars have gone on to achieve great success in a wide range of fields, including business, law, medicine, and public service. They have also become leaders in their communities, using their education and experiences to make a positive impact in the world. 

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been a partner of the Posse Foundation since 2003, and has welcomed hundreds of Posse Scholars to its campus over the years. The partnership between the university and the Posse Foundation has been a powerful force for change, helping to increase diversity and inclusion on campus and supporting the academic success of Posse Scholars. 

On April 28th, the University of Wisconsin-Madison hosted its annual Posse Scholars graduation ceremony, where this year’s graduating seniors were honored for their achievements. This year’s ceremony is particularly significant, as it marks the 500th Posse alumni to graduate from the university since the partnership began. This is a major milestone, and a testament to the success of the Posse program and the impact it has had on individual students and the university community as a whole. 

The graduation ceremony was a joyous occasion, filled with speeches, music, and celebration. Family, friends, and mentors of the graduating Posse Scholars were in attendance, along with university officials, alumni, and other members of the campus community. The ceremony  provided an opportunity for the graduating seniors to reflect on their achievements, celebrate their successes, and look forward to the next chapter of their lives. 

For the Posse Scholars, the graduation ceremony marked the end of a long and challenging journey. They will leave the university as alumni of the Posse program, joining a network of over 10,000 Posse Scholars who have gone on to achieve great success in a wide range of fields. As they move on to the next phase of their lives, they will take with them the skills, knowledge, and relationships that they have developed through the Posse program, and they will continue to make a positive impact in the world.