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 and leadership potential of underrepresented students of color through rigorous, transformative opportunities that increase college graduation rates and empower new generations of leaders.
We envision a just and inclusive society with equitable representation of people of color at all levels of leadership and influence.
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
Impact Report 2021-22: Investing in the Future
We are proud to share our 2021-2022 Impact Report with you. It takes a community moving in lockstep to provide equitable access and opportunity to our scholars and families. Thanks to your partnership, we successfully launched Rainier Scholars – Tacoma, and are growing to serve more scholars and expand our impact.
“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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We offer a pathway to college graduation and career success for underrepresented students of color.
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