Staff and faculty invited to serve as mentors for Posse Scholar Program; deadline to apply is April 10

Posse Welcome Party at Vanderbilt University on Wednesday Sept. 7, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.

The Vanderbilt Posse Scholar Program is seeking faculty and staff members to serve as mentors to the university’s Posse Scholars. The national Posse Foundation identifies, recruits and trains individuals who have extraordinary leadership potential. The Posse model is rooted in the belief that a small, diverse group of talented students—a posse—can serve as a catalyst for individual and community development. As the U.S. becomes increasingly multicultural, the foundation believes that the leaders of tomorrow should reflect the country’s rich demographic mix. The program is grounded in the idea that the key to a promising future for the nation rests in the ability of strong leaders from diverse backgrounds to develop consensus solutions to complex social problems. 

Each cohort of 10 Posse Scholars at Vanderbilt is assigned two dedicated staff or faculty members who serve as mentors and who give generously of their time and talents to help lead their teams in weekly meetings and team building and to provide individual and group support. Mentors support their Posse Scholars for the students’ entire tenure at Vanderbilt. Posse mentorship demands a substantial time commitment, particularly during the Posse Scholars’ first and second years on campus. However, mentors have shared how rewarding the experience has been in their lives—especially supporting the scholars during their undergraduate journey at Vanderbilt University. 

Learn more about the mentor role and how to apply by emailing The deadline for applications is April 10.