Category Archives: Community Support

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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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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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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Diversity and Inclusion: Drawing lessons from TV’s “The Voice”….say whaaaat?

What do you get when you combine a roomful of advocates for diversity and inclusion in the work place, expert panelists in the field, and Rainier Scholars?  Magic in a bottle, that’s what: “Great insights and wisdom based on four … 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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Pipeline to Progress: Creating a Diverse & Inclusive Workplace

While college graduation for low-income students of color is at the core of our mission, in the big picture, our vision is for our students to grow into adulthood and become leaders in all aspects of their lives. From corporate … 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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