We create pathways to college graduation

We offer a pathway to college graduation for hard-working, low-income students of color by providing access to transformative educational opportunities. Our scholars engage in a proven, 12-year model that brings together the academic preparation, leadership development and personalized support they need to graduate from a four-year college and become career professionals and leaders in our community.

Who we are

Educators with passion. Administrators with expertise. Students with an unquenchable desire to succeed. From our scholars to our board of trustees, Rainier Scholars is a community of energetic people who are passionate about the power of education and the immeasurable value of opportunity.

We address inequities

Few of Seattle’s low-income students of color get the education and mentoring they need to gain admission to college and become leaders as adults. The disproportionately low numbers of low-income students of color on college campuses, as well as the lack of men and women of color in positions of leadership nationwide, point back to a lack of equitable opportunities at a foundational level.

We believe a college degree greatly increases an individual’s chance at economic self-sufficiency, not to mention the inter-generational impact which results once that educational barrier has been broken in a family. That is why we created Rainier Scholars.

Our strategic vision

We developed Vision 2020, our strategic plan, after a lengthy strategic planning process resulting in the enthusiastic reaffirmation of our mission, vision and program, as well as identifying several new initiatives focused on program development and ongoing improvement in all aspects of our work. Our goal is to ensure our community reaps the benefits of a greater number of under-represented students graduating from college and emerging as leaders in career and community for generations to come.

See firsthand what makes us unique. Join us for a tour.

Experience the beginning of the Rainier Scholars journey. Meet our Executive Director, dedicated Academic Enrichment scholars and their teachers while they are hard at work in the classroom.

Tours are scheduled Monday to Friday at The Bush School during the summer and on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings at South Shore PK-8 during the school year.

If you would like to attend a tour, please contact Diana Robinson. Once tours are scheduled, guests will receive a confirmation email, including driving directions and a map.

Connect with our community

We walk beside our scholars throughout their journey to college graduation and beyond. Your belief in our work and our scholars enriches our region, developing college graduates and leaders who reflect the diversity of our communities and our world.

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