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Arby’s Foundation Supports Posse: Championing a Unique Approach to College

February 28, 2020
By Marissa Tinter

As part of their commitment to supporting career readiness initiatives, the Arby’s Foundation is proud to grant $200,000 to support The Posse Foundation.

The Posse Foundation is a non-profit organization that places scholars in supportive, multicultural groups of 10 students (Posses) with a focus on increasing graduation rates. These Posses are awarded full-tuition, merit-based leadership scholarships from top colleges across the United States. It was founded more than 30 years ago on the insight of one student: “I never would have dropped out of college if I’d had my posse with me.”

Jahari Fraser

Since then, The Posse Foundation has identified, recruited and trained thousands of students nationwide. One of those Posse Scholars is Jahari Frasier, who also participated in a work-study program through Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit School with the Arby’s Foundation. During high school, Fraser was awarded a scholarship in the program among thousands of other applicants. When Frasier rejoined the Arby’s Foundation as an intern after his freshman year at Bard College in New York, he discussed the transformative power of Posse.

“Posse set up a really good structure for students to excel in their own way.

 

They don’t put a cap on what you think you can do. They have this value of dreaming big and it shows on every project and program. They want to see everyone succeed.” Jahari Frasier, Posse Foundation Scholar

The current network of nearly 10,000 students has a 90 percent graduation rate, nearly 30 percent above the national average. Posse Scholars have gone on to become leaders in green technology, astrophysics, business, Hollywood and more.