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Rainier Scholars Welcomes New Associate ED

Rainier Scholars Welcomes New Associate Executive Director

New! Our 2015-2016 Annual Report

Our Annual Report
Where Hope and Hard Work Meet Access and Opportunity

Goods for Grads! Starts Nov. 4!

#GoodsforGrads

Turn your gently used books, clothing or household items into support for our SCHOLARS!


Kicking Off Season Two with the Seahawks!

Kicking Off Season 2 with the Seahawks!

Join our Spirit of 12 Partner team!

Looking Back, Looking Forward and Gaining Momentum

Looking Back, Looking Forward and Gaining Momentum 

Gates Foundation and Rainier Scholars

15 years of history with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Read more, including a blog post featuring two Rainier Scholars!

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

We're proud of our college graduates completing their degrees this spring!

Strengthening Friendships, Exploring New Things

7th-9th grade ACSS scholars stay plugged into the program through Saturday Events.

Juniors Up to the SAT Challenge

Rigorous preparation ensures high school scholars are ready to take college entrance exams.

Scholars expand their horizons with Juma Ventures and Woza Soccer!

Rainier Scholars + Community Partners = A World of Opportunity

Scholars Learn Lessons from Pete Carroll and the Seahawks

The Seahawks and Rainier Scholars know, "If you want to succeed forever, keep trying, never give up!"

Scholars Chosen to Join Seahawks Legion of Youth

Rainier Scholars, the Seahawks and Boeing Make a Winning Team!

Expert Panel Shares Insights on Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion

Education Happy Hour featured an enagaging discussion on what it means to be an inclusive workplace.

New Rainier Scholars Brochure

Check out our new organizational overview brochure!

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Gates Foundation and Rainier Scholars

Relationships matter. Relationships take time. The best relationships are built to last.

Fifteen years ago Rainier Scholars was born. Fifteen years ago the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation came into being. Then a conversation over a meal between friends started a new relationship. And dreams became a reality.

Fifteen years later we are grateful that Bill Gates, Sr. said YES to lunch and a significant investment by Gates Foundation in Rainier Scholars. Gates Foundation has been instrumental in our growth and success, providing critical funding as we were building our program, one phase at a time.  

With our first cohorts now emerging with college degrees, Gates Foundation's involvement continues to grow. Its Black Philanthropic Partnership group recently selected Rainier Scholars as a Community Partner - sponsoring our signature luncheon, supporting our scholars and families via The Give Effect, and providing guidance in specific areas to raise awareness of our mission and work.

Just last week, Gates showcased Rainier Scholars in their Impatient Optimists blog, crediting us with "inspiring the next generation of leaders." Featured is an interview with Executive Director Sarah Smith and stories of two scholars, Danait Yemane, a senior at Johns Hopkins University, and Abe Bui, a 2014 graduate of University of Pennsylvania and analyst at Cascadia Capital.  Inspiring leadership indeed.

The Gates Foundation, like Rainier Scholars, believes in nurturing relationships. Each year, they introduce their newest employees to Rainier Scholars by touring our Academic Enrichment program.  In this way and others our circle of support expands, with many Gates employees honoring us with personal gifts - gifts generously matched by the Foundation.  

Thank you, Gates, for walking with us on this journey and for your unwavering commitment to equitable access to education.  We are proud to have you by our side.