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Program Updates

Earlier Start

Learn about our Earlier Start Initiative!

A Rewarding Career Path

A scholar with a passion for photography finds a rewarding career!

College Support for Scholar Success

College visits freshmen year provide scholars essential, in-person support from their counselors.

Colleges and Universities with 2015 Rainier Scholars Graduates

Rainier Scholars is proud to celebrate the upcoming graduation of scholars from 25 colleges across the nation!

High School Scholars Tackle Tough Issues at Leadership Retreat

Rainier Scholars students analyze and present findings on obstacles to educational equity.

Colleges and universities attended by Cohorts I - VI 2014 - 2015

We currently serve 176 scholars at 73 different colleges and universities in 22 states.

Cohort VI transitioning to college

Summer retreat to prepare rising college freshmen.

High School Senior Scholars headed to college this fall

Congratulations to Cohort VI on their college decisions!

Cohort I and II scholars are college graduates and career professionals

Rainier Scholars first graduates emerged, spring of 2013.


Thank you for your interest in Rainier Scholars. 

Our Admissions cycle is now closed until October 2017.

Please check back here in the Fall for additional information.

How We Select Our Scholars

In the 2016-17 school year, Rainier Scholars will start our program one year earlier in order to better prepare scholars for a successful transition into college prep settings in middle school.

This November, 4th and 5th grade students of color in Seattle, Highline and Renton school districts who met standard on their fourth grade reading assessment the previous school year will receive a special letter - one inviting them to a meeting where they can learn about being a Rainier Scholar.

Over the next five months, we work with students and their families to identify approximately 90 motivated learners who will make up two new cohorts of Rainier Scholars for the upcoming summer.

We recruit those students who have the greatest number of barriers to a college education. More than 85% of our scholars qualify as low-income. More than 90% come from households where they will be the first generation to earn a four-year college diploma.

Beyond test scores and typical academic indicators, we look for students with a fierce work ethic and a determination to use education as a pathway to a brighter future filled with opportunity. We seek curious young people who want to enrich their lives and their family's life through the transformative power of education. We search for candidates who understand the value of Excellence, Perseverance,  Integrity and Courage and are ready to apply them in their own journey. To help us identify these characteristics in our candidates, we use test scores, interviews, recommendations, essays and family surveys.

In addition to those students we invite, adults may nominate any student for Rainier Scholars by completing a nomination form. We primarily recruit students who live within the boundaries of the Seattle, Highline and Renton school districts, but students who live outside the districts may apply as well, provided that their families can provide them with transportation to Rainier Scholars classes, meetings and events.

For more information, please contact JT Williams, Director of Recruitment by email or at (206) 407-2144.