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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!

Success Stories

Perserverance and Pride

"I have accepted difficult things in my life and overcome them because I know there is always a chance to succeed."

                                         - David, Cohort XI, Dimmit Middle School

David understands the true meaning of hard work and perseverance. Despite a rough start to his young life, David is described as a kind-hearted soul with a resilient spirit and a smile that will brighten any room.

When asked who his favorite Seahawk player is, without hesitation he responds "Marshawn Lynch". Sure, he scores a lot of touchdowns but David sees another trait that he admires. "Just because things get hard doesn't mean you should stop trying."

Marshawn and David understand the value of determination and perseverance.
David started Rainier Scholars as a 6th grader and persevered through the Academic Enrichment phase with two summers plus a school year of extra classes and mountains of homework to prepare for placement in a college preparatory program. One of his favorite summertime memories was playing chess with his Literature teacher Mr. Little. After emerging the winner of a hard fought match, David informed his instructor, "It's like in The Odyssey where Odysseus is planning and evaluating the pros and cons all the time. You need to think about your decisions in advance and then move. You need to think ahead."

David has struggled with the idea that in middle school it's not always cool to be smart. But from a young age he has realized that education will help create new possibilities in his life. As a student in Rainier Scholars he affirms, "I have the opportunity to get more education than most students at my school...it's my responsibility to stay on task."

And in a moment where he reveals wisdom beyond his years, David reminds us, "It doesn't matter if you're smarter, what matters is the kind of person you are inside."

David is now an 8th grader at Dimmitt Middle School in Renton where he participates in the Discovery program. When asked about school, David's eyes light up as he talks about his teachers and how they make learning fun. His time at Rainier Scholars has helped him to set academic goals to stay on a college pathway and to be organized and accountable, but earning placement in a highly capable program has provided a level of rigor that keeps him busy. When asked of what he is most proud, without hesitation he answers, "My grades!"

Five years from now David sees himself in college. He has an interest in being a scientist or perhaps an artist. Photography has captured his imagination and he enjoys taking pictures of nature yet he may also be found with a basketball under his arm as it's one of his favorite sports. Raised by his Aunt Willie, David is grateful for her presence in his life - supporting him, feeding him and loving him.

At Rainier Scholars we strive to build a strong sense of community. David is always looking to lift up those around him - whether it's a helping hand or an encouraging word. He brings a willing spirit, dogged determination, and a positive attitude to any situation. He has stared adversity in the face and continues to defy the odds to come out victorious.

(David's story is part of Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Youth Powered by Boeing)