Rainier Scholars

Organization Details

NameRainier Scholars

Organization Description

Mission statementRainier Scholars is a community of energetic people who are passionate about the power of education and the immeasurable value of opportunity. Our scholars come from those groups most underrepresented on college campuses-including African Americans, Hispanic Latinos, Native Americans and first generation Asian Americans. We particularly recruit those students who have the greatest number of barriers to a college education. More than 80 percent of our scholars qualify as low-income. More than 85 percent come from households where they will be the first in their family to earn a college degree. Our scholars are distinguished as much by what they have as by what they don't have. All Rainier Scholars demonstrate innate cognitive ability, motivation and a strong work ethic. They share a desire to use education as a pathway to new possibilities.
Service(s) descriptionRainier Scholars provides academic preparation, leadership development, and comprehensive support in order to increase college graduation rates for low-income students of color and to develop tomorrow's leaders. Beginning the summer after 4th Grade - Through an intensive 14-month Academic Enrichment phase, including two 6-week summer sessions and a school year of Wednesday afternoons and Saturday classes, scholars develop effective skills for academic success, engage in critical thinking and learn subject content two to three grade levels beyond their current school work.
Program impactAt Rainier Scholars, the goal is always 100% college graduation, no matter what the statistics or odds may be. Currently, 93% of our scholars have graduated or are on track to graduate from a four-year college or university. The full cycle of the Rainier Scholars model seeks to ensure a “generational transfer of opportunity" which ripples with an impact well beyond the individual scholars with whom we work.

Community programs are organized into categories known as Community School Elements. All community programs associated with Rainier Scholars are listed below and each program may be provided at 1 or more schools. You can use the 'Show Details' buttons to learn more about each program.

College and Career Readiness (2 programs)

Programs that support preparing all students for college, career, and life, including supporting students through the college admission process, exposing them to careers through internships, and helping them to develop post-secondary plans.