A program for promising students of color.
Our scholars come from those groups most underrepresented on college campuses-including African Americans, Hispanic Latinos, Native Americans and first generation Asian Americans.
We particularly 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 in their family to earn a college degree.
Our scholars are distinguished as much by what they have as by what they don't have. All Rainier Scholars demonstrate innate cognitive ability, motivation and a strong work ethic. They share a desire to use education as a pathway to new possibilities.
Of course, the best way to know who we serve is to talk with the students themselves. Several Rainier Scholars described their backgrounds in poems compiled under the title, "Where I'm From." Here is an excerpt:
"I am from bookshelves full
of books that I have already read.