Rainier Scholars Programs
The Rainier Scholars program is divided into four phases:
Academic Enrichment (6th grade)
Through an intensive 14 months, scholars learn skills for academic success and learn subject content two to three grade levels beyond their current school work. The goal is to prepare and place scholars in college preparatory programs in public and private schools.
Academic Counseling and Support Services (7th – 9th grades)
Once scholars earn placement, we ensure they thrive by providing ongoing support including monthly visits to student's schools, skill building workshops, summer enrichment opportunities and social and service learning activities. We partner with families to create a long-term relationship for student success.
Leadership Development (10th – 12th grades)
During high school, we support college readiness with career guidance and internship opportunities, college planning services and five intensive leadership retreats. Scholars learn the attributes and skills of effective leaders and experience hands-on learning with leadership ethics.
College Support (Freshmen – Seniors)
Once scholars are admitted to four-year colleges, comprehensive services include a college retreat for all incoming freshmen, personalized college counselor support and a campus visit during their first year. Workshops and retreats are designed for each college level. Internship placements and career connections facilitate the building of professional networks and career opportunities.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
To date, 100% of Cohorts I, II, III and IV scholars have achieved high school graduation and college admissions; 95% have multiple four-year college options. Acceptances include prestigious schools such as Yale, Columbia, Stanford, U Penn, Williams, Dartmouth and Occidental. Rainier Scholars has 100% college matriculation with more than 150 scholars at 63 colleges and universities in 23 states. Our first college graduates will emerge this spring.
As a long-term comprehensive program model, Rainier Scholars makes an 11-year commitment to every scholar. We continue to seek general operating support from our donors to honor the promise we have made to support students from 6th grade to college graduation. In addition, Rainier Scholars continues to build organizational capacity with the development of alumni support services and career networking activities. We seek connections with organizations and businesses with potential internship placements for high school and college students as well as entry-level jobs for college graduates.