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.

Our Scholars

We now have more than 650 scholars in 15 cohorts, with a new class of 60-65 students added each year. After successful completion of the 14-month Academic Enrichment phase of Rainier Scholars, more than 95% of students in middle and high school are enrolled in private, parochial or public Advanced Learning programs, with approximately 40% public (APP/Spectrum, Challenge, Discovery, AP/Honors) and nearly 60% private (independent, parochial and boarding school placements).

In 2015-2016, 164 scholars will attend 64 different colleges and universities in 19 states across the US.

With nearly 100 college graduates, alumni are have accepted positions with top companies nationwide. The companies include Cascadia Capital LLC, Honeywell Aerospace, Liberty Mutual, Nordstrom, Yahoo! Google, Overlake Hospital, Russell Investments, Seattle BioMed, Seattle, Childrens, Skanska, Teach for America and zulily.

Graduate degree programs attended by our graduates include Creighton University Medical School, Emory Physical Therapy Program, Howard University College of Medicine and Wisconsin-Madison MD/PhD Program.


  • 95% placement in college preparatory settings in public and private schools 
  • 100% college admission for first seven cohorts
  • 96% matriculation to 4-year colleges
  • 400+ internships with corporate, nonprofit, small business and government employers