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How to Apply – Tacoma

Who we serve

We focus on students of color (Black/African American, Indigenous, Pacific Islander, Latinx, and Southeast Asian) most underrepresented on college campuses. The majority of our scholars are low income and will be first in their family to graduate from college. Rainier Scholars – Tacoma is a great fit for students who demonstrate curiosity, enjoy challenges and love to learn new things. 

Eligibility criteria

  • Currently enrolled in 4th grade in Tacoma Public Schools or a surrounding district
  • Identifies as a student of color (Black/African American, Indigenous, Pacific Islander, Latinx, and Southeast Asian)
  • At or approaching grade level in reading and math

Family information meetings

These meetings offer an opportunity to hear about our comprehensive program, hear from a current parent and scholar or alumni, have questions answered and get info on how to start your application. If your family is interested in applying to Rainier Scholars, we invite you to attend one of our family information meetings. Families must attend an information meeting in order to apply.

Application Process

How to nominate a student

Parents, do you have a cousin or neighbor in mind for the program?
Are you a teacher or community member who knows a 4th grader who might be a good fit?

Still have questions? Check out our FAQ page or Contact our Director of Recruitment & Community Engagement, Nicole Anthony, at 253.219.7378