How To Apply – Seattle

Who We Serve

We focus on students of color 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 – Seattle is a great fit for students who demonstrate curiosity, enjoy challenges and love to learn new things. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Identify as a student of color (Black/African American, Indigenous, Pacific Islander, Latinx, and Southeast Asian) 
  • Currently enrolled in 4th grade 
  • Attend a school in the Seattle, Renton, and Highline districts

Family Information Meetings

If you are interested in applying to Rainier Scholars, you must attend a Family Information Meeting, usually held between November and January. Family meetings cover: 

  • Explanation of the program, the highly competitive admission process and answers to any questions. 
  • Lived experiences and stories from Rainier Scholars and their families

Application Process

How to Nominate a Student

Do you know a promising 4th grade student? We invite teachers, community members and parents/guardians in the Greater Seattle area to nominate promising students for Rainier Scholars. Learn more about our eligibility criteria by reviewing our School Partner Guide.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost to families to participate?

There is no fee to participate in Rainier Scholars. Scholars who are admitted to our program will be charged a transportation fee during the two summers of the Academic Enrichment phase only. This fee ranges from $25 to $600 depending on family income.

Does Rainier Scholars offer private school or college scholarships?

No, we do not offer scholarships. However, our scholars are highly eligible for scholarships offered by other organizations, and we work with families to secure financial aid. To date, scholars have received more than $50 million cumulatively in merit and need-based financial aid for private schools and colleges.

Do scholars give up their activities to be part of Rainier Scholars?

There is an impact to your child’s current activity schedule. Scholars take classes over the course of two summers, as well as on Wednesday afternoons and all day Saturdays during the fifth grade school year. Also, scholars can expect between 1 to 2 hours of homework to complete their assignments for Rainier Scholars, in addition to regular school work. Scholars are not expected to give up all other activities, but they are expected to prioritize Rainier Scholars during the 14-month Academic Enrichment phase. Program commitments are less intense after that.

Do all scholars go to private school?

No. Our goal is to prepare scholars for placement in the most rigorous academic settings, whether that is a private school or the Advanced Learning Program in a public school. School choice is a personal matter, and we support families in whatever choice they believe is best for their child.

What alternative programs should we consider if we are not selected?

Please review our Parent Resources Guide.