How Do We Deliver?
Rainier Scholars Tacoma will serve MGAA families using a strategy called Targeted Universalism1. This means we will be working towards the larger goal of expanding opportunities for everyone by focusing on the needs of a group facing the most complex set of barriers.
Institutions have not fully recognized the additional burden placed on students of color as they navigate environments where they are often not represented.
Consequently, in addition to academic excellence, our scholars will develop the following components of resiliency necessary to be successful, empowered leaders in any environment:
- Unassailable sense of self
- Awareness of inequalities in supremacist systems
- Active rejection of dominant culture superiority myths
- Understanding of the impacts of racism and negative stereotypes
- Confidence in skills, tools, and resources
- Belief in the utility of school & learning
- Intentional cultivation of a supportive community
Rainier Scholars – Tacoma is a long-term college readiness program for underrepresented students of color in the Tacoma community. We recruit in 4th grade, start working with students and families the summer before 5th grade, and walk alongside them through college completion with the goal of graduating with minimal debt.
Our scholars engage in a proven 12-year model that focuses on academics, leadership, career, and identity, and accelerates students’ learning by at least one grade level prior to high school. We also support parents/guardians in building their skills to be strong educational advocates for their children.
Rainier Scholars Tacoma will start recruiting students for Cohort 1 in Fall 2021-22, with a summer session start scheduled for June 2022.