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Rising to the Challenge — Sallie Lau, Cohort 3

By Tom Moore There was a seminal moment early on in Sallie Lau’s time with Rainier Scholars. It was during the Academic Enrichment Phase of the program and her English Literature instructor, Ms, Mikolasy, was teaching the Jane Schaffer Paragraph Structure (a...

Scholars “Zoom” into Reading

by Ashley Sirls, Associate Director of Leadership Development Every summer at Rites of Passage (our 14-month Academic Enrichment Phase graduation ceremony), scholars are told that they are no longer in Rainier Scholars, but they are Rainier Scholars. This ceremony...

Supporting Our Scholars and Community During COVID-19

by Liz Sadler, Director of Academic Counseling A core component of the Rainier Scholars support system is checking in with students, making sure they have what they need to succeed academically, and ensuring that their families’ basic needs are being met. Many of our...

Coming Full Circle: Karen Lobos, Cohort 2

by Tom Moore Karen Lobos’ commitment to social and economic justice lies deep in her DNA.  It goes back to her grandparents and great-grandparents, who as farmers living and working in northern Mexico in the early 1900s, fought for their land rights. For...

No Fear of Failure — Adam Iyob, Cohort 6

by Tom Moore For people of a certain age, there was an act on the Ed Sullivan Show circa 1969 that was always a show- stopper, at least it was for me as a child of thirteen. It was Erich Brenn and his plate-spinning extravaganza. Cohort 6 Rainier Scholar Adam Iyob has...