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.