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More Equitable Society?

Education is a gateway to opportunity. We offer a pathway to college graduation and career success for underrepresented students of color.

Our Mission

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.

Scholars who are on college prep pathways

Includes independent, parochial and boarding schools, as well as public school highly capable/advanced learning opportunities

High School seniors who have been accepted to 4-year colleges and universities

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

Eligible scholars who have graduated or are on track to graduate from 4-year colleges or universities

Compared to the national graduation rate of 65%.

Source: 2020 National Center for Education Statistics

News & Events

Save the Date for the 2023 Luncheon!

The Annual Rainier Scholars Luncheon is back! We are thrilled to bring our community together for an in-person luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Seattle, a fresh new venue for us! Save the date for Tuesday, April 25, 2023, from 12 – 1:30 p.m.

You will receive a formal save the date with exciting event details in early 2023!

“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


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