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Bringing it Full Circle – A New Generation of Leaders

As one of the newest members of the Development team, I recently attended my first Rainier Scholars event. I was inspired to witness our college graduates share their insights and act as strong champions for a new wave of young professionals.   For those who want to...

Thai Hien Nguyen: A Life of Fashion and Philanthropy

“I know I have to work really hard for everything. Vietnamese people are survivors. I have that on my side. I’m going to survive no matter what-and I’m going to look fly doing it.” Empowerment, drive, and natural elegance are three characteristics that comprise the...

Nicole Frederick: Engineering a Better World

In all facets of life, Nicole Frederick is a burgeoning force for good. “Every morning, if I wake up and I don’t feel like I’m contributing to the world, or doing something good for people, I feel frustrated. Renewable energy is that good fusion between my interest in...

Rainier Scholars Eliminated the Impossible

When I was 11, Rainier Scholars gave me the early understanding that education, determination, and the practice of the program’s core values of perseverance, integrity, and courage are the most effective ways to realize a dream. Being a multi-racial, but perceptually...

Top of the Mountain

We are in the home stretch of bringing this fiscal year to a close and it always seems to be a time of reflection for me as we enjoy the view at the top of the mountain having achieved our fundraising goals for the year. There’s something special about making it...

Our Journey Together: Cohort III and Me

Here’s why Cohort III will always hold a special place in my heart. We started together. I had just graduated college and this was my first year as an academic counselor at Rainier Scholars; they were sophomores in high school. And now they are college graduates. How...

Rainier Scholars in the South: A Visit to Remember

The transition to college life can be a significant adjustment for many of our scholars.  The RS college support team pledges to visit every freshman on their college campus during the first year of school. I had the opportunity to visit three of our Cohort VI...

The Beautiful Game

George Alvarado-Salinas came late to “the beautiful game”. He didn’t fall in love with soccer until the 8th grade when his parents took him to Mexico. George returned from the trip a changed person, admitting he had become “soccer crazed”...

Prevent First-Generation College Dropouts with a Gap Year

First-generation college students have far lower graduation rates than more privileged students. To solve this problem, we must reframe the existing motivations for higher education for underserved students. Purpose, direction, and the cultivation of identity must...

Cultivating Rainier Scholars to be Self-Advocates and Risk Takers

(Rainier Scholar Jessica (L) and Angelica Johnson, her Academic Counselor) I’m an Academic Counselor to a high school scholar named Jessica who is a junior at the Lakeside School. The photo of Jessica and me was taken during a one-on-one meeting we had in Bliss Hall...