Category Archives: 11-year program

Supporting Our Remarkable Scholars

My Field Work Insights –Marilyn Lopez, Academic Counselor As school visits with our scholars start winding down and I prepare to write mid-year student reports, I can’t help but admire our scholars. The range of questions that my students have … Continue reading

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Taking a Stand for Social Justice

The words incarceration and restorative justice flow easily in conversation from Cheyenne Brashear, a Rainier Scholar and senior at The Bush School. As a young person, Cheyenne has a deeper understanding of the juvenile justice system than most people her … Continue reading

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Explaining a Life-Changing Experience

As a recent college graduate, I’ve had some time to reflect on the experiences that have been vital to my academic journey and Rainier Scholars seems to be the one that stands out the most. Whenever I hear the question, … Continue reading

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Rainier Scholars Eliminated the Impossible

When I was 11, Rainier Scholars gave me the early understanding that education, determination, and the practice of the program’s core values of perseverance, integrity, and courage are the most effective ways to realize a dream. Being a multi-racial, but … Continue reading

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Top of the Mountain

We are in the home stretch of bringing this fiscal year to a close and it always seems to be a time of reflection for me as we enjoy the view at the top of the mountain having achieved our … Continue reading

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Sending Hometown Love

  “As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, I am reminded of how thankful I am for Rainier Scholars and for generous supporters of Rainier Scholars, like yourselves. The program has profoundly changed my academic journey and given me more … Continue reading

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A Dream of Something Better

Like so many other students before me, Rainier Scholars has changed my life. I am part of a community of scholars who strive for academic excellence and will defy the odds to earn a college degree. I am surrounded by … Continue reading

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Scholars Provide Hope

 (Blog post author Karen O’Meara Pullen, back row, far right) My husband and I have stopped watching the evening news. In a summer of wildfires, epidemics and hatred “spiraling out of control” we found ourselves in a bit of a … Continue reading

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Write, Feel Good, Write More (repeat)

I’ve been volunteering at Rainier Scholars for close to ten years now – the last eight of which writing stories for their newsletter. I love it. I think it is the best volunteer gig in Seattle. Why? First off, in … Continue reading

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Writing a Letter to Your Future Self

On a sunny morning during the first few days of summer classes, our newest cohort of Rainier Scholars, Cohort XIII, contemplated this question as they bent over their sheets of paper. I was witnessing the making of the “time capsule,” … Continue reading

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