How we select our scholars.
Each November, fifth grade students of color in Seattle, Highline and Renton school districts who met standard on their fourth grade reading assessment receive a special letter - one inviting them to a meeting where they can learn about being a Rainier Scholar.
So begins our application process.
Over the next five months, we work with students and their families to identify approximately 60 - 65 motivated learners who will make up a new cohort of Rainier Scholars for the upcoming summer. We recruit those students who have the greatest number of barriers to a college education. More than 80 percent of our scholars qualify as low-income. More than 85 percent come from households where they will be the first generation to earn a four-year college diploma.
Beyond test scores and typical academic indicators, we look for students with a fierce work ethic and a determination to use education as a pathway to a brighter future filled with opportunity. We seek curious young people who want to enrich their lives and their family's life through the transformative power of education. We search for candidates who understand the value of courage, perseverance and integrity and are ready to apply them in their own journey. To help us identify these characteristics in our candidates, we use test scores, interviews, recommendations, essays and family surveys.
In addition to those we invite, any student nominated by an adult may also apply. We primarily recruit students who live within the boundaries of the Seattle, Highline and Renton school districts, but students who live outside the districts may apply as well, provided that their families can provide them with transportation to Rainier Scholars classes, meetings and events.
For more information, please contact Dede Wilson, Director of Recruitment and Family Engagement at (206) 407-2144 or by email.