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In 1989, as part of its mission to support an integrated and diverse student body, Vanderbilt University took a chance on a then unknown program and became the first institution to partner with Posse, providing scholarships to cohorts of public high school students from New York City.

Vanderbilt Chancellor Emeritus, Joe B. Wyatt, once called Posse, “a movement”.

There were five students in the first Posse. Due to the  vision and support they received from Vanderbilt professors and administrators and from each other, the first pioneering Posse thrived.

Due in large part to its social justice mission and the success of the model of Vanderbilt, the Posse program has grown to include 57 additional partner institutions.