How Do We Build a
More Equitable Society?
Education is a gateway to opportunity. We offer a pathway to college graduation and career success for underrepresented students of color.
Rainier Scholars cultivates the academic potential and leadership skills of hard-working, underrepresented students of color.
By creating access to transformative educational and career opportunities and providing comprehensive support to scholars and families, we increase college graduation rates and empower new generations of leaders.
We increase college access and graduation rates.
We develop the next generation of diverse leaders.
We build foundations of critical thinking, resilience and belonging.
A History of Student Success
We have seen over 950 lives transformed to date, with approximately 100 new scholars added to our program each year (includes Seattle and Tacoma program sites).
Our average key performance indicators demonstrate our impact.
Includes independent, parochial and boarding schools, as well as public school highly capable/advanced learning opportunities
Compared to the national four-year college acceptance rate of 67%
Note: This reflects the average school selectivity rate. Source: 2019 State of College Admissions, National Association for College Admissions Counseling
Compared to the national graduation rate of 65%.
Source: 2020 National Center for Education Statistics
News & Events
“It’s hard for me to accept that people had low expectations for me, even before I was born. I know I am better than what people think, and at Rainier Scholars I’ve learned I’m capable of even more.”
– David, Cohort 11