Rainier Scholars | Tacoma

Rainier Scholars and Tacoma Public Schools (TPS)  are excited to announce a new partnership supporting Tacoma students of color on a path to college graduation and a lifetime of choices. 

Rainier Scholars Tacoma will help increase college access for underrepresented students and build on a commitment to serve more African American students in the region.

Why focus on African American students?

How Do We Deliver?

Meet the Team

Jennifer Ward

Chief Operating Officer

As a Black woman who grew up in a low-income, single-parent household, I know first-hand the unique struggles of pursuing and completing college. Poor assumptions about me from school staff, coupled with a lack of academic guidance from home, led to me settling for non-challenging classes, missing critical college application deadlines, and ultimately taking the long route to achieving my educational goals. I’m excited to lend my 18+ years working on equity initiatives and education advocacy to the families and students who need it most.

EMAIL | (253) 201-3733

Sumiko Huff

Director of Strategic Growth & Program Design

Throughout the 21 years I’ve spent as a teacher, principal, and most recently academic director of Rainier Scholars, my interest in education has been centered around solving problems of systemic oppression for underserved populations. I love the creativity and problem solving involved in designing effective curriculum and instruction, and building programming that ensures students thrive in all the ways that they are capable. It is a gift to walk alongside scholars and their families as they navigate the path to college graduation and beyond.

EMAIL | (253) 201-3732

Sy’Naeh Shell

Summer Research Assistant

Rainier Scholars Cohort 12 | Sophomore, University of Southern California

Focused on the effects of housing instability and education for families of color.

We are looking to expand our small (but mighty) team. Keep up with our CURRENT OPENINGS for opportunities to join the organization!

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