Meet our scholars, discover their stories of success

Currently, we serve 800 scholars through 20 cohorts, with 60-65 new scholars added each year. Our scholars are powerful academically, they are resilient, they know where they come from as well as where they are going. They are committed to the pursuit of excellence.

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 Academic Enrichment Phase

The journey to college graduation begins for rising fifth-graders with a challenging 14-Month Academic Enrichment Phase (AEP). The goal: To develop the skills needed to succeed in college preparatory settings and at top-tier colleges. Meet three scholars currently participating in the Academic Enrichment program.

Mercer International Middle School

Making his grandparents proud

Rainier Prep

Building a brighter future

Mercer International Middle School

Discovering a love for science

Middle School

More than 95% of students in middle and high school are enrolled in independent or public Advanced Learning programs.

Billings Middle School

Curiosity and questions

The Northwest School

Helping others to be heard

Madison Middle School

The sky’s the limit

High School

Approximately 40% of high school scholars attend public (Advance Placement, International Baccalaureate, Honors) schools and nearly 60% attend private (independent, parochial and boarding) schools.

Oregon Episcopal School

Accepting a challenge

Seattle Academy

A future agent of change

Garfield High School

Becoming a self-advocate



Expectations are considerable. Academic and emotional support are abundant. We show scholars and their families the path, but they do all the walking. Our college scholars are setting a brisk pace. Their achievements —99% college admission for the first nine cohorts—speak volumes.

University of Rochester

A future of promise and possibility

Dartmouth College

Big dreams, bright future

Union College

Coming full circle


As leaders, each graduating class will help the next generation of scholars advance—thus deepening the pool of diverse leaders in our community. Many of these scholars have started their careers and now work at a wide range of organizations and companies, including Amazon, Boeing, Google, Nordstrom, Waggener Edstrom, Teach for America and Liberty Mutual. They are confident in their abilities, eager to serve their communities and ready to make their mark on the world.

Agnes Scott College, Deloitte & Touche

An inspiring role model

Marist College, Liberty Mutual/Safeco Insurance

Taking control

University of Washington, Goizueta School of Business, Emory University

Support every step of the way

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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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