Providing options

We help scholars and families navigate the college application process and maintain strong relationships with college counselors at our partner schools and college admissions officers. Our scholars receive customized intensive college counseling, ACT/SAT prep activities and in-depth financial aid/college planning services.

A track record of success

Every year, as we welcome a new cohort into the Rainier Scholars program, another one advances on to college. As of fall 2019, 180 Rainier Scholars are attending 60 colleges and universities around the U.S. 93% of scholars have graduated, or are on track to graduate from college.

College 101 retreat

Before the start of their freshman year, we bring our scholars together for a two-day retreat where we explore academics and financial aid, as well as how to navigate the social landscape of college life. Scholars reconnect with their cohort mates and meet their new college academic counselor.

Academic and social-emotional support

Our academic counselors work with each student individually to identify and provide the level of support they want and/or need. In addition to regular phone calls for out-of-region students, counselors travel to campuses to meet with students in person to check-in, offer emotional support or connect them to a range of resources, including emergency financial funding and tutoring. The key to this work is building a trusted relationship with each student.

We work to establish a communications network so our college students can easily connect with and support one another.


Ongoing connection and support

We work hard to ensure that our college students feel connected to Rainier Scholars and are aware of the resources that are available to them. . Through college visits, email and phone calls, newsletters and connections with other peers, scholars have a multitude of touch points with the program and the strong sense that this team has “got your back” on campus.

Every November, the Rainier Scholars community sends over 160 college care packages to scholars around the country  to show our support and encouragement. We are grateful to the many volunteers who make this possible.

“Rainier Scholars provided me the tools to build a foundation for academic and lifelong success.”

Ebony Davis, Cohort III, The Thacher School ’11, University of Southern California ’15, Dominican University ’17, Chicago Public Schools/CodeHS

Rainier Scholars 2014-2019 College Acceptances

Agnes Scott College
Allegheny College
American University
Amherst College
Bard College
Barnard College
Bates College
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Bryn Mawr College
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Central Washington University
Chapman University
Claremont McKenna College
Colby College
Colgate University
College of Wooster
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Denison University
DePaul University
Dickinson College
Eastern Washington University
Emory University
Franklin & Marshall College
Gonzaga University
Goucher College

Howard University
Johns Hopkins University
Kalamazoo College
Kenyon College
Lafayette College
Lehigh University
Lewis & Clark College
Linfield College
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Macalester College
Marist College
Marlboro College
Morehouse College
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Pacific Lutheran University
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Princeton University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Saint Martin’s University
Santa Clara University
Scripps College
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
Seton Hall University
Skidmore College
Smith College
Southern Methodist University

Spelman College
St. Olaf College
Stanford University
Syracuse University
The Evergreen State College
The George Washington University
Trinity College
Trinity University
Tufts University
Tulane University
Union College
University of Denver
University of Miami
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Oregon
University of Portland
University of Puget Sound
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of Southern California
University of Washington
University of Washington, Bothell
University of Washington, Tacoma
Vassar College
Washington State University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Western Washington University
Whitman College
Whitworth University
Willamette University
Yale University

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