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 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.

“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

A few of the colleges our scholars are attending

Rainier Scholars Cohorts 1-11 College Acceptances


Meet a few of our college students

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.

I’m currently a senior at the University of Washington studying finance. I just wanted to say thank you! During stressful times of exams and applications, it’s comforting to have delicious goodies nearby and to know wonderful people like you support me and Rainier Scholars! Calvin Lin

Cohort V, Garfield High School, University of Washington, class of 2017

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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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