Our mission and vision

Rainier Scholars is about hope, opportunity and the pursuit of greater educational freedom for those willing to make the commitment to hard work and extraordinary effort at a very young age.

Our mission

Rainier Scholars cultivates the academic potential and leadership skills of hardworking, underrepresented students of color.

By creating access to transformative educational and career opportunities and providing comprehensive support to scholars and families, we increase college graduation rates and empower new generations of leaders.

Our vision

Our vision is a legacy of successful and inspiring leaders who make a positive impact in our community and our world through:

  • A greater number of diverse students successfully graduating from top-tier colleges
  • An increased diverse pool of qualified candidates for high-level leadership roles
  • A growing number of families of color who are advocates for a quality education

We bring together a rich set of resources to deliver on this promise for our scholars





“Thank you for teaching us that we have the power to overcome adversity and chase our dreams.”

Elena Smith, Cohort IV, Seattle University ’16, University of Washington Medical Center

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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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