Category Archives: College Graduation

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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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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Teaming Up with Tutors

“When students make a change to their study habits or access new resources that make a difference—that makes my day. I love it when they move from ‘I’ll try to I AM doing it!” Jackie Billups leads the Rainier Scholars … Continue reading

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Bringing it Full Circle – A New Generation of Leaders

As one of the newest members of the Development team, I recently attended my first Rainier Scholars event. I was inspired to witness our college graduates share their insights and act as strong champions for a new wave of young … Continue reading

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Thai Hien Nguyen: A Life of Fashion and Philanthropy

“I know I have to work really hard for everything. Vietnamese people are survivors. I have that on my side. I’m going to survive no matter what-and I’m going to look fly doing it.” Empowerment, drive, and natural elegance are … Continue reading

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Nicole Frederick: Engineering a Better World

In all facets of life, Nicole Frederick is a burgeoning force for good. “Every morning, if I wake up and I don’t feel like I’m contributing to the world, or doing something good for people, I feel frustrated. Renewable energy … 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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Our Journey Together: Cohort III and Me

Here’s why Cohort III will always hold a special place in my heart. We started together. I had just graduated college and this was my first year as an academic counselor at Rainier Scholars; they were sophomores in high school. … Continue reading

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Rainier Scholars in the South: A Visit to Remember

The transition to college life can be a significant adjustment for many of our scholars.  The RS college support team pledges to visit every freshman on their college campus during the first year of school. I had the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Prevent First-Generation College Dropouts with a Gap Year

First-generation college students have far lower graduation rates than more privileged students. To solve this problem, we must reframe the existing motivations for higher education for underserved students. Purpose, direction, and the cultivation of identity must take the front seat, … Continue reading

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