Program UpdatesCollege Support for Scholar Success
One of the unique components of the Rainier Scholars 12-year program is the College Support phase. Whether it's a College 101 Retreat preparing students for their first year on campus, regular contact with their Academic Counselor or an annual care package sent by a caring volunteer, the message is clear - we believe in you and we've got your back.
The transition from high school senior to college freshman is a critical time for support that will help lead to student success and college graduation. "First year college students face a wide range of normal developmental challenges, from being away from home for the first time, to adjusting to new environments and learning to become independent decision makers," reflects Fred Capestany, Director of College Support. The vast majority of Rainier Scholars are first generation college students who often have to balance family commitments, financial stressors and the experience of being different from their peers in class, race, culture or religion. All of these life-changing factors make the ongoing mentorship of RS counselors and freshmen year campus visits essential in creating a safety net of support.
visits provide time for students to open up and speak candidly about
their first year ups and downs. College Support Counselors don't aim to
solve all the problems scholars encounter at school but rather to walk
them through the decision making process, help them build their own
problem solving skills and provide resources to be independently
Fred believes "Real support means not only helping scholars prepare for college, but being there with them in the moment - good or bad." As the educational journey of our students continues on campuses around the country, Rainier Scholars will carefully guide them through the exciting, yet challenging landscape of college life so they emerge as graduates confident in their abilities and ready to make their mark on the world.