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 nearly 850 lives transformed to date, with approximately 60 new scholars added to our program each year.
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
Thanks to Skanska and their partners, who once again sponsored our annual Bricks & Books event, donated items and gave generously to support Rainier Scholars!
The event was a resounding success and we exceeded our goal.
We appreciate your generosity!
Experience Rainier Scholars
Our 2021-22 interactive virtual program tours are underway. Join us to experience the power and scope of the 12-year Rainier Scholars journey.
You’ll engage with scholars, alumni and staff. Our tour schedule also includes special opportunities to learn about Rainier Scholars-Tacoma and meet RS-Tacoma COO Jennifer Ward.
“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