Building on success together

Rainier Scholars is built on a foundation of loyal corporate partners who are invested in our scholars and community — providing access to education and opportunities for low-income students of color, who will be the first in their family to earn a college degree.

We encourage businesses to learn about our program, support our scholars—personally and professionally—and share our story. By partnering with Rainier Scholars, your organization makes a commitment to advancing workplace diversity while investing in tomorrow’s leaders.

Why support our scholars?

Your organization can advance its workplace diversity goals while investing in tomorrow’s leaders.

  • 98% earn placement into college preparatory programs in both public and private schools
  • 85% demonstrate leadership in schools, colleges and community settings
  • 99% are admitted to 4-year colleges and universities
  • 87% have graduated or are on track to graduate from college within 5 years

Together we create a path from academic achievement to professional careers and community leadership. 

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Businesses

Volunteer

Alumni

Events

“Your support motivates me to work hard every day.”

Leo Rozal, Cohort I, O’Dea High School, Seattle University, class of 2013, Creighton University, School of Medicine, class of 2018

Your impact

300+

Alumni and college students

56

Colleges and universities where you will find our scholars

15

States where scholars are enrolled

95%

Students demonstrating leadership in school, professional and community settings

“Always pay it forward. Do good in this world.”

Gary Rubens, Rubens Family Foundation

Annual luncheon

Each spring, we celebrate the outstanding achievements of our scholars made possible by their hard work, commitment and the generous support of our community. From our youngest students building a college vision to our high school seniors announcing their college decisions, the return on investment is clear as college graduates infuse our community with their diverse perspectives and leadership. Our annual luncheon, attended by nearly 1,200 business and community leaders, is our single most important fundraising event of the year.

It is a meaningful opportunity for companies who align with our mission to provide their philanthropic support as a luncheon sponsor, ensuring that 100% of event donations benefit the scholars and programs we serve. Sponsorship packages range from $3,500 to $25,000, with varying levels of attendance, marketing and promotional opportunities.

To gain a sense of our annual luncheon and the ways sponsors are recognized, view our corporate wrap book, our event program and Puget Sound Business Journal ad. If you would like to learn more about sponsorships, please email Bethany Furubayashi, Corporate Giving Officer or call (206) 407-2181.

“What you do has such a positive impact on our community.”

Ken Alterman, CEO, Savers

Internships

High school and college internships are a powerful way to enable our scholars to explore career paths and contribute to professional work environments, while building their networks and resumes with relevant work experiences. We work closely to identify internship sites that represent the diverse interests of our scholars. As an internship partner, your organization is making a commitment to advancing tomorrow’s leaders. Our scholars bring new perspectives to their jobs and enhance the level of creativity and innovation within an organization.

To offer an internship, please contact:

College internships: Email Thomas Wilson, Internship and Networking Manager or call (206) 838-6675

High school internships: Email Susie Wu, Director of Leadership Development or call (206) 407-2142

Internship program highlights
  • We’ve successfully placed students in more than 400 internships since the program’s inception 10 years ago
  • We provide the best intern match without any placement fees
  • We screen our intern applicants to ensure quality service to internship sites
  • More than 95% of our interns received scores of 8/10 or higher by their mentors

“I have a set of skills that I can bring to any job and any challenge.”

Brittany Carroll-Watts, Cohort III, University Prep, Columbia University, class of 2014, Iora Health

Employment opportunities

We are proud that many of our scholars are now working professionals in a wide variety of careers for employers like Amazon, Boeing, Liberty Mutual, University of Washington, Microsoft, Port of Seattle and Venture for America. If you have an interest in hiring a Rainier Scholars graduate for full-time employment, please email our Career Programs Manager, Karen Merz or call (206) 407-2116.

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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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