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Building a Bold Future

Increasing Our Impact to Advance Educational Equity

The Rainier Scholars Strategic Plan is all about growth. We’re growing the impact of our program to serve scholars, families, and alumni better. And we’re growing our capacity to increase the number of students we serve each year. By 2028 we will be on our way to triple the number of students in our program.

We have identified three strategies to guide us in this monumental growth.

Strategy 1

Strengthen the Scholar and Family Experience

Strategy 2

Build a Vibrant Alumni Network

Strategy 3

Grow College Success

Strategy 1
Strengthen the Scholar and Family Experience

When we accept a student into our program, the organization makes a 12-year commitment to comprehensive support. We take our commitment seriously and hold ourselves accountable to our students and families. That’s why we’re making a significant investment in the evaluation and improvement of our program. Strategy 1 centers scholars and their families with the goal of improving their experiences so that scholars are equipped to own and direct their college education and professional careers.

How we will be successful

  • Demonstrable quantitative and qualitative evidence of Rainier Scholars’ impact.  
  • Redouble our efforts to partner with mission-aligned organizations. 
  • Implement an annual Net Promoter Score to gauge scholar and family satisfaction and experience.

Strategy 2
Build a Vibrant Alumni Network

Rainier Scholars alumni are passionate. Passionate about opportunity, passionate about community, and passionate about pushing boundaries. They start by sharing a connection to our program and are redefining leadership in their workplaces and communities around the world. Alumni are united in the belief that together we will make a difference and advance the vision of Rainier Scholars. Strategy 2 centers around RS supporting alumni to activate and engage as a network, and amplify their impact within our work and in the world.

How we will be successful

  • Implement an alumni-led activation plan to expand their professional networks and skills to attain career success.
  • Institutionalize alumni leadership and mentorship programming.  
  • Meaningfully engage at least 20% of our alumni population on an annual basis. 

Strategy 3
Grow College Success

Rainier Scholars is a program that works. With more than 23 years of success and impact data that speaks for itself, we’re expanding our impact to serve more students and families. The heart of Rainier Scholars will remain true – our proven cohort model, long-term commitment to each scholar and family, and comprehensive academic, leadership, career, and social-emotional programming, that systematically removes the barriers to college completion.

How we will be successful

  • Support the development of Rainier Scholars – Tacoma as the program continues to grow toward capacity. 
  • Establish Eagle Prep, a second entry point into Rainier Scholars – Tacoma at First Creek Middle School for 7th grade students. 
  • Launch a third program site and identify a fourth; we will be on the way to triple the number of students in our program by 2028.