Program Updates

Earlier Start

Learn about our Earlier Start Initiative!

A Rewarding Career Path

A scholar with a passion for photography finds a rewarding career!

College Support for Scholar Success

College visits freshmen year provide scholars essential, in-person support from their counselors.

Colleges and Universities with 2015 Rainier Scholars Graduates

Rainier Scholars is proud to celebrate the upcoming graduation of scholars from 25 colleges across the nation!

High School Scholars Tackle Tough Issues at Leadership Retreat

Rainier Scholars students analyze and present findings on obstacles to educational equity.

Colleges and universities attended by Cohorts I - VI 2014 - 2015

We currently serve 176 scholars at 73 different colleges and universities in 22 states.

Cohort VI transitioning to college

Summer retreat to prepare rising college freshmen.

High School Senior Scholars headed to college this fall

Congratulations to Cohort VI on their college decisions!

Cohort I and II scholars are college graduates and career professionals

Rainier Scholars first graduates emerged, spring of 2013.

Rainier Scholars faculty members are passionate and committed educators.


"I am always impressed by our students. People who challenge themselves on purpose and understand how valuable it is are rare. I have the great honor to work with scholars who understand how profound this is at 11 and 12 years old. Rainier Scholars is a place where talented people ensure that students have access to the best of themselves. I can think of no better statement about the future. There was a time when I never thought I'd be a teacher. Now, I can't see why anyone who cares about the future would do anything else."  

-Drego Little, Literature and Writing



Rainier Scholars' 2015-16 Faculty:


Sean Baughn, History/Research
M.I.T., Education, Western Washington University
B.A., History and Philosophy, University of Washington

Jackie Billups, Mathematics
B.S., Economics, Seattle Pacific University

Dr. Heather Clark, Invictus
Ph.D., Social Cultural Anthropology, University of Washington
B.A., Evergreen College

Danica Hendrickson, Science
B.S., Science, Seattle University
Med, Mind, Brain and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Jon Howland, Mathematics
M.S., Education, City College of New York
B.A., Politics, Government and International Relations, University of Puget Sound

Alexandra Ibarra, History
M.Ed., Social and Cultural Foundations of Education, University of Washington (2016)
M.A., Secondary Education, Loyola Marymount University
B.A., History, Humboldt State University

Drego Little, Literature/Writing
M.E.d., Literacy, University of Washington
B.A., Law, Society and Justice, University of Washington

Alexa Matlack, NCSP, Conclave
B.S., Psychology, University of Florida
Ed.S. (educational specialist degree) in School Psychology, University of Washington
Doctoral student in School Psychology, University of Washington

Jason Medeiros, Science
M.S., Soil Microbiology, University of California, Berkeley
M.S., Landscape Architecture, University of Washington
B.S., Biology, Yale University

Lindsey Mutschler, Literature/Writing and History
B.A., Secondary Education (Art), Western Washington University

Liz Sadler, Mathematics
M.I.T., Seattle University
B.A., Math and Classical Languages, Hamilton College

Ashley Sirls, Literature/Writing
M.E.d., Literacy, University of Washington
B.A., Secondary Education (English & African American Studies), University of Arizona