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
"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
"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
"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