Posse Scholars begin their journey to Berkeley in their senior year of high school in Los Angeles.  Many of the more than 3,000 nominated students faced challenging life situations from an early age and stepped into unexpected roles of leadership.  Coming through the other side, they developed an intrinsic drive that goes beyond their own success but also helping their family, fellow students, and community thrive as well.  Fifty-five universities and colleges across the nation participate in the Posse Scholars program, accepting up to ten scholars in each cohort.  Learn more about the Posse Foundation.

Each year they arrive at Berkeley as a posse, a group of students who support each other throughout their undergraduate careers and beyond.  The program focuses on helping the Scholars navigate higher education and acclimate to the Berkeley culture, developing studying and academic tools for success, hitting milestones toward graduation, gaining career skills, intern- and externships, applying to graduate and professional schools, and finding a job. Ninety percent of Cal's Posse Scholars graduate. 



Find out how to nominate a student to become a member of the Posse Scholars Program.