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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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Strengthening Friendships, Exploring New Things

Middle School is a time of change and transition. It's a time when relationships with peers, guidance of mentors and being a part of a community play important roles in the lives of scholars. For 7th graders who've recently completed the 14-month Academic Enrichment phase, twice-monthly Saturday Events help with the sometimes stressful transition to new schools and college preparatory programs.

Jennifer Ward, Director of Academic Counseling and Support Services (ACSS), believes that "Saturday Events are opportunities for scholars to plug back into the Rainier Scholars community, to feel supported by their Academic Counselors and to remind them that they are not alone as they overcome barriers and traverse different worlds in new school environments."


These ongoing enrichment activities provide 7th-9th grade students a welcome opportunity to maintain the close relationships they have built with others in their cohort who now attend 40+ different schools in cities across the region. By participating in activities they may not otherwise be able to access or afford, scholars are able to relate better with school classmates who frequently enjoy these experiences.

Jennifer has tailored this year's Saturday Events to include old favorites like inner tubing and the Puyallup Fair, as well as new experiences that explore STEM careers with the help of partners like Google, Salish Sea Expeditions and the Science and Math Institute at Bellevue College. A chance to take risks and learn new things in a variety of non-academic settings, while having fun with a close community of friends, make these events a valuable experience for scholars!