What is POSSE?
Founded in 1989, Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.
Check out the POSSE YouTube video:POSSE Chicago Partner Colleges & Universities:
For more information visit: www.possefoundation.org
The Posse Foundation has three goals: 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 become more welcoming institutions for students from all backgrounds; 3) to ensure that Posse Scholars persist in their academic studies and graduate so that they can take on leadership positions in the workforce.
Are you POSSE?
Posse is looking for individuals who have demonstrated leadership ability, communication and team building skills. High school grade point average and ACT scores are considered but are not solely the basis for selection. Posse looks for students who have done well academically, but who may not be considering (or might be missed by) some of the top universities (which often rely more heavily upon traditional admissions measures such as ACT scores). Winners of the Posse Scholarship have been positive contributors to their schools and communities. They are the kinds of students who change the climate for the better. They are interested in issues of community and diversity. They are mature team-players who are able to not only take care of themselves, but also to look out for their peers. Remember, Posse welcomes nontraditional candidates—those who may not have considered, or may have been overlooked by top colleges. We are looking for the students who have the perseverance and drive to make it in a highly competitive academic environment if given the support of a positive team of peers, a Posse.
The POSSE Nominee Application Process:
Lane Tech can nominate 20 POSSE candidates each year. Candidates are selected during their Junior year in May. In order to be considered as a POSSE Scholar Nominee, Juniors must submit an application and teacher recommendation. Ms. Rosanna Console, Counselor, along with her team, reviews the applications and selects the candidates.
APPLICATION WILL BE AVAILABLE IN APRIL 2017
Student Applications and Teacher Recommendation form are due to Ms. Rosanna Console by Monday, May 9th, 2016.
POSSE Informational Meeting for Juniors:
When: TBA - Late April (check back soon!)
Where: Room 113
Description: Juniors who are interested in the POSSE Scholarship are welcomed to attend an informational meeting. Juniors will learn about the nomination process, hear from Lane's 2017 POSSE winners, and receive nomination application packets.
Dynamic Assessment Process (DAP):
After being selected as a POSSE Nominee, students undergo a Dynamic Assessment Process (DAP), a unique evaluation method designed to identify young leaders who might be missed by traditional admissions criteria, but who can excel at selective colleges and universities. This process begins in September through December each year.
Using non-traditional forums to evaluate potential, DAP offers students an opportunity to demonstrate their intrinsic leadership abilities, their skill at working in a team setting, and their motivation and desire to succeed.
DAP has proven to be an extremely effective tool for identifying outstanding young leaders. In a three-part process, including large group and individual interviews, Posse staff and university partner administrators ultimately select a diverse group of 10 students for each college or university, thus forming a Posse.
Previous POSSE Winners: