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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 share characteristics like commitment, determination, intelligence and vision. But each of our students has their own story. Here are a few of them.


"I know that anything is possible, not just because my mom told me that when I was little, but because Rainier Scholars has shown me how to do anything. Because of Rainier Scholars, I have a set of skills that I can bring to any classroom, any job, and any challenge. I know that, if I look hard enough, I can find the answer to any question. I know that hard work, tenacity and determination will lead me to success. Most importantly, I know I can be as successful as I want without sacrificing who I am."

- Brittany Carroll Watts
University Prep, Class of 2010
Columbia University, Class of 2014


"The first 14 months were grueling. The academic "boot camp" included Math, Science, History and Literature/Writing. All were challenging subjects and the homework was overwhelming.  But what I remember most was the sense of community, being surrounded by people who encouraged me, supported me and believed in me."

- Xueying Chen
Garfield High School, Class of 2012
Wellesley College, Class of 2016


 "When I look back on my life journey I know the exact moment that changed my life. I remember walking home from school that day and noticed that our mailbox door could not close as it contained a large white envelope. When I grabbed that Rainier Scholars envelope and tore it open, the first word I saw was CONGRATULATIONS.

At the time I was only 10 or 11 years old, but I was able to understand that something would be different. I didn't know to what magnitude and I didn't know how, but I had a certainty that I was going to break a cycle in my family, that I had the right to aspire for more. From that moment on, I knew that I had the power to choose my future."


-  Patricia Flores-Perez
Bishop Blanchet High School, Class of 2012
Columbia College, Class of 2016



"Step by Step.That is a perfect way to describe the journey of a Rainier Scholar. A journey can be simply described as traveling from one place to another. For many of us it means traveling an unfamiliar road as we will be the first in our family to go to college. We need a map. We need a compass. We need direction. But most importantly, we need someone to walk beside us. Rainier Scholars is "that someone" for nearly 500 scholars."

- Yusuf Ibrahim
Garfield High School, Class of 2012
University of Washington, Class of 2016