Category Archives: College Support (CS)

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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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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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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Going Back and Moving Forward

June 25, 2014 I left the United States to explore my identity in Ghana,West Africa. The trip was a program through the University of Washington Social Work program and focused on Sankofa which means “to go back and get it” … Continue reading

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Kudos for Rainier Scholars’ College Interns

The employers of our most recent group of college interns gave consistently positive feedback on working with our scholars, 100% of survey respondents indicating they would hire a Rainier Scholar again! They were recognized for their ability to adapt and … Continue reading

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A Picture of Future Leaders

“What does it mean to be a Rainier Scholar?” is a common question I would ask college scholars in my meetings and workshops. The summary of responses include leadership, diversity, and community as well as the program’s embedded trinity of … Continue reading

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