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.

We're looking forward to seeing you at our 2017 Luncheon!

To get excited about our event this year and a sense of the scholars we serve, please see our video from last year's Luncheon below.

Enjoyed by nearly 1,200 guests, this signature event is a testament to the abiding support we receive from corporate sponsors, donors and school partners alike. Their generosity allows us to provide access to educational opportunities for low-income students of color as they pursue their dreams of being the first in their families to earn a college degree.

Thank you to our 2017 Luncheon Sponsors!


Summa Cum Laude

Magna Cum Laude

Cum Laude


  • CenturyLink
  • Cornerstone Advisors
  • Focal PLLC
  • King & Oliason PLLC
  • MJR Development
  • Parker, Smith & Feek
  • ProKarma
  • Safeco Insurance
  • Seattle Children's
  • Seattle University
  • U.S. Bank

Special thanks to our college sweatshirt sponsor:
Roscoe's Ranch - Your Dog's Home Away from Home

Our 10th Annual Luncheon Pathways of Purpose, Lives of Leadership, held on April 20, 2016 was a resounding success thanks to the extraordinary support from our Rainier Scholars community. The presence and collective impact of our sponsors is featured in our 2016 Event Wrap Book

2016 Luncheon Video

We invite you to view our 10th Annual Luncheon video 'Pathways of Purpose, Lives of Leadership'.

Featured are three scholars, Karen Lobos, Abe Bui and Askhari Corr, who share personal stories of their Rainier Scholars experience from sixth grade through college graduation.  These scholars represent over 600 more, and hundreds to follow, as they continue to defy significant odds to earn college degrees and lead lives of purpose and leadership.