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Posse Scholars

You could be nominated to win a four-year full-tuition scholarship through POSSE Houston!


Posse is looking for its next group of talented Scholars: motivated, dynamic, actively engaged students who believe they belong at the nation’s best colleges and universities. Rising seniors can apply to be considered for a POSSE Houston Scholar position.  Contact Mrs. Phelan if you would like to apply for this opportunity.


https://www.possefoundation.org/sites/houston

Posse Career Program

 

Posse Scholars are also a part of a Career Program that give the students the tools and opportunities needed to secure the most competitive and career-enhancing internships and jobs.  


3 Core Components to the Career Program:

  • Internship Program
  • Career Services
  • Alumni Network

Please watch this video for a quick overview of the POSSE Organization.

Bryn Mawr College

 

Bryn Mawr, a selective college for women with 1,300 undergraduates, is renowned for its academic excellence, diverse and close-knit community, and engagement with the world.


Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

https://www.brynmawr.edu/

 

Carleton College

 

Carleton’s mission is to provide the best liberal arts education possible. To cement its role as one of the best colleges in the world, they've embarked on a comprehensive campaign to sustain their academic excellence, safeguard their historic strengths, and invest in a promising future.

 

Liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota

https://www.carleton.edu/

Colby College

The 12th-oldest independent liberal arts college in the nation and one of the most selective, Colby offers an academic program rooted in the deep exploration of ideas, enriched by partnerships with world-class faculty scholars, and deliberately and thoughtfully connected to the world.
 
Waterville, Maine
http://www.colby.edu/

Texas A&M University


Texas A&M University is a community of scholars driven to have a positive impact on the world. As Aggies, we are united by strong values and are fearless in our drive to make a difference in the world - no matter where we are.


College Station, Texas

https://www.tamu.edu/


*Please note that this school choice is very popular for potential POSSE scholars, and there are limited POSSE spots available.

The University of Virginia

 

The University of Virginia is a public research university in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was founded in 1819 by Declaration of Independence author Thomas Jefferson. It is the flagship university of Virginia and home to Jefferson's Academical Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Let our students show you what makes UVA feel like home, from the court to the classroom.


Public university in Charlottesville, Virginia

https://www.virginia.edu/

Wellesley College

 

Wellesley College is a private women's liberal arts college in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Founded in 1870 by Henry and Pauline Durant, it is a member of the original Seven Sisters Colleges.


Liberal arts college in Wellesley, Massachusetts

https://www.wellesley.edu/

Steps to Become a Posse Scholar


  • Review all the information posted here regarding the Posse Houston organization and the partner schools to see if you are interested.

  • Complete the Potential Posse Scholar Questionnaire.

  • A TMHS committee will nominate 4 students to move forward into the Posse Scholar selection process.  Posse Houston will take it from there.

  • There are three rounds of interviews.  All 4 TMHS nominees will complete the 1st round. The 2nd and 3rd rounds are by selection, and not all will make it.

1st Round - Group Interview/Activities


2nd Round - Formal interview with Posse Staff (need to specify which Posse partner colleges you like)

Family Meeting between 2nd & 3rd interviews with selected students - students can say yes or no at this point


3rd Round - Small group interviews with university partners (final selection then made by university partners)


  • Selected Posse Scholars are placed at one of the 5 schools with a team of 10

  • Posse Scholars then meet weekly (Jan - Aug) in the Posse Houston office.


1st Round Interview

August/September: 1st Round (large group) Interview. This will last on average a couple of hours and will involve a few activities – it’s just designed for us to see your students in a variety of settings and get to know them better! Their application to us (not to the college) will be due at this point. 


2nd Round Interview

September/October: 2nd Round (individual) interview. This will be a short (half an hour) interview with the student and 1 or 2 Posse Staff members. We’ll ask basic interview questions, so students might be helped to prepare speaking about themselves and their experiences. We’ll also ask them to rank their college and university choices for this meeting. 


3rd Round Interview

November/December: 3rd Round (final group) interview. Students will have been asked to join a finalist pool for a particular college, which will require them to submit an early decision application with us to that one school. We will also work with them on their Common Application or Apply Texas (whichever is applicable) for that school in November. In December, they will have a final group interview with all the finalists for that college, with college admissions staff in attendance. They will be notified of their status within a week. 


POSSE Scholar Selection

If you are selected as a Posse Scholar, there will be a weekly Posse Scholar meeting from January to August with the Posse Houston Staff.  (located in the Posse Houston office in downtown Houston)

Posse Scholars are fully supported in preparation for their college experience during their senior year, and as they prepare to head off to college.