Engaging minds, creating opportunity

Rainier Scholars is a great fit for serious students with a strong work ethic and a determination to use education as a path to a brighter future. Our 12-year program is challenging and at the same time, opens doors of opportunity and a path to college graduation for hard-working students of color who are underrepresented on college campuses.

Fourth grade students of color in Seattle, Renton and Highline school districts are invited to a meeting where they can learn about becoming a Rainier Scholar. We invite teachers, community members and parents to nominate promising students for Rainier Scholars by completing an online nomination form.





We serve students from those groups that are most underrepresented on college campuses

  • 94% of scholars come from households where they would be the first to attend college

Applying to Rainier Scholars

If your family is interested in applying to Rainier Scholars, please attend a family information webinar. During this webinar, our Recruitment team explains the program, the highly competitive admission process and answers questions. We often have a Rainier Scholars family share their experience. Applications are only available at the webinar. Applicants must currently be in 4th grade. 

Here are the details of the LAST Zoom Webinar-  When: Thursday, March 4th, 6:00-7:00 PM

YOU NEED TO ATTEND ONE MEETING TO APPLY. |  Topic: Rainier Scholars Recruitment Webinar

Please click the link to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83123288598?pwd=U0RweXk5K2R5OFp5U01pOXZmQ2Vxdz09

Passcode: RSCohort21

Or iPhone one-tap : US: +12532158782,,83123288598#,,,,*2742548231# or +13462487799,,83123288598#,,,,*2742548231#

Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 205 6099

Webinar ID: 831 2328 8598 | Passcode: 2742548231

If you need translation support in Spanish, please login to the webinar using a PC or Laptop for the Webinar to use the “Interpretation” feature in the webinar.

Si necesita traducción en español por favor ingrese a la junta por medio de una computadora o computadora portátil para poder usar la función de “Interpretation” en el seminario. Si tiene alguna pregunta o necesitan traducción en español, llame al 206-697-6716 o contácte Kathia en kvivar@rainierscholars.org.


To learn more about applying, please contact Rosida Mohamathno, Recruitment Manager by email or phone (206) 407-2144.


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“For the first time in my life, I was surrounded by other kids like me. Kids who liked school.”

Jonatan Castillo, Cohort VIII, Lakeside School ’15, University of Washington ’20

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 college.

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 Saturday 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. Program commitments are less intense after the Academic Enrichment phase.

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 Resource Guide.

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