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Rainier Scholars

Stretching Minds, Launching Futures

aka Rainier Scholars   |   Seattle, WA   |  www.rainierscholars.org

Mission

Our Mission. Rainier Scholars cultivates the academic potential and leadership skills of hardworking, under-represented students of color. By creating access to transformative education and career opportunities and providing comprehensive support to scholars and families, we increase college graduation rates and empower new generations of leaders.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Rafael del Castillo

Main address

2100 24th Ave S Ste 360

Seattle, WA 98144 USA

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Formerly known as

Rainier Prep

EIN

91-2045918

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

It is sobering to realize that nationally only 11% of low-income children earn a four-year degree, with odds sinking to a single digit for low-income students of color. In the Greater Seattle area, many low-income students of color are not gaining access to high-level academic opportunities in either private or public school settings – programs that are essential to preparing students for college. Public school advanced learning programs are challenged by an under-representation of minority students, while independent schools struggle for greater socio-economic and racial diversity. As a result, these students are simply not prepared for higher education in the same way as their more privileged peers.

Rainier Scholars exists to address these educational inequities for low-income students of color in our community who dream of college but lack a clear roadmap for how to get there. Rainier Scholars is committed to addressing this critical issue.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Academic Enrichment phase

Grade 5 --
An intensive 14-month experience in a supportive cohort environment, designed to prepare students for placement on college preparatory pathways in public and private schools. Scholars build and strengthen foundational academic skills, cultural identity and resiliency over the course of two summer sessions and on Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays during the school year. Overall, scholars complete the equivalent of one additional school year (1,000 hours) of academic enrichment, designed to prepare them to be successful in college prep pathways for middle school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

Grades 6 through college graduation --
We support scholars and families on their chosen college prep pathways. Academic counselors visit scholars at schools and college campuses, provide advocacy with school administrators and offer social and cultural activities, weekly tutoring, skill-building workshops and annual retreats, all designed to build increased skills for academic success and college readiness and graduation. Families are supported through parent workshops, individual meetings and regular contact with academic counselors.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

Grades 6 through college graduation --
We develop potential and create access to leadership and career opportunities. Middle school students participate in workshops that foster skill-building, leadership development and cultural identity and resiliency, as well as field trips focused on career exploration and summer enrichment opportunities. High school students participate in leadership development retreats and workshops, focused on important civic and societal issues. High school and college scholars receive summer internship opportunities, personalized career counseling, opportunities for career exploration and professional mentorship.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups

Grades 9-12 -- – 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.

Population(s) Served
Students
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Awards

Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Education 2008

KCTS Channel 9

Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Outstanding Contribution toward "Re-Igniting the Dream" 2006

City of Seattle

Building Our Future Award 2012

Seattle Academy

Neighborhood Builder Award 2012

Bank of America

Finalist for Project Roadmap Award 2014

Project Road Map

Community Impact Awards - Youth Development Silver Winner 2014

Seattle Business Magazine

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of high school seniors accepted into one or more colleges and universities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

College Counseling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Most of our scholars are accepted into more/most selective colleges and universities.

Number of students accepted for placement on college prep pathways

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Academic Enrichment phase

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

After completing 14 months of academic enrichment, eligible scholars are placed in highly capable public school cohorts or independent schools.

Number of scholars on track to graduate from four-year colleges and universities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

College Counseling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Rainier Scholars is a 12-year program that provides rigorous academics, leadership development and personalized support to help eliminate barriers and grow new generations of diverse career professionals and community leaders.

We currently serve 750 scholars and alumni annually, adding a cohort of 60-65 students each year.

Our scholars are students of color who are the most underrepresented on college campuses.

90% are from households without a college degree. Over 90% are from families that qualify as low-income.

Our program:

--Creates strong partnerships with families, essential for student success

--Provides rigorous academics, building critical thinking and developing leadership skills

--Matches high school and college scholars with professional internships

--Helps scholars apply to and thrive in a range of colleges, including highly selective schools.

Rainier Scholars was founded in 2000. We are currently recruiting our 20th cohort of scholars and have over 200 alumni.

Integral to the success of Rainier Scholars is our strong and dedicated staff team. Currently, we have approximately 35 full-time staff, who engage deeply with scholars and families, as well as our partner schools and organizations, to help students thrive, develop resiliency and celebrate their cultural identities. Each scholar has a dedicated academic counselor and access to a range of mental health support services. In addition to rigorous academics, we offer leadership and resiliency and cultural identity workshops, internship and career preparation and a College 101 workshop.

Academic counselors regularly visit scholars at schools and on college campuses and advocate, as needed, on their behalf. We have a strong, supportive community and scholars benefit from a supportive cohort model.

We have a deeply committed and highly-effective Board of Trustees who guide, advise, supervise, manage and evaluate the work of the Executive Director as well as operate multiple functional committees including Executive, Finance, Development, Trustee, Audit and Marketing. The Board ensures the financial health and sustainability of the organization while also setting relevant policies and procedures to guide the work of the staff.

We believe in the individual and systemic change which is possible when low-income students of color are provided an opportunity to break generational cycles of poverty and have access to the highest-quality educational opportunities available. As our students continue to emerge with college degrees, the likelihood that the next generation will take a step up the economic, professional and educational ladder multiplies tenfold, benefiting all and creating an ever more just society in the process.

We currently serve over 750 students of color and their families, representing 19 cohorts.

--99% of eligible scholars achieve placement on college prep pathways. They receive 1,000+ hours of academic enrichment, and 100+ hours of family workshops and tailored application support. We have over 35 independent school and public school district partners.

Middle school and high school scholars receive 500 hours of individual academic counseling and 1200 hours of cultural identity and resiliency support (per cohort). 83% of our high school scholars have a GPA of 3.0 or more.

--100% of our high school seniors receive admission to one or more colleges or universities. The majority are accepted into more/most selective schools.

93% of college scholars are on track to graduate from four-year institutions.

100 of our high school and college scholars received summer internships.

We have successfully implemented the key components of our strategic plan, Vision 2020, as follows:

• 1-Year Earlier Start – We now begin our program one year earlier (5th grade) to prepare scholars for placement into 6th grade independent and highly capable/advanced learning programs within the Seattle Public Schools and other partner districts. This has resulted in increased opportunities for placement, academic achievement, stronger affinity held by students in their respective schools and overall stronger college placement outcomes.
• Multi-Generational African American (MGAA) Initiative – We have increased both the numbers of qualified MGAA candidates in the recruitment pool as well retention rates.
• Career Pathways –We have increased our efforts to provide early and recurrent exposure to various career pathways, including STEM.

We recently reorganized our program components to strengthen relationships between scholars and academic and leadership development staff.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Rainier Scholars

Board of directors
as of 08/25/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Pam Harrington

PLUMMER HARRINGTON Executive Search

Term: 2024 - 2021

Kristina Belfiore

Community Volunteer

John Snyder

Greenline Partners

Ed Taylor

University of Washington

Reggie Brown

Community Volunteer

Zander Doroski

Community Volunteer

Laura Orser

Community Volunteer

Andy Jassy

SVP, Web Services - Amazon

Robert Strong

Robert W. Baird & Co Inc.

Diankha Linear

Convoy

Gail Ransom

Founder, Principal - Ransom Development Services

Martha Bejar

Red Bison Advisory Group, LLC

David Clarke

Perkins Coie

Adam Diamond

Perch Partners

Kristen Dimlow

Microsoft

Lela Franco

Harley Marine Services

Bisrat Gebre

Amazon Web Services

Rod Jones

Infinitas Ventures

Sujal Patel

Community Volunteer

Bradaigh Wagner

Endeavour Capital, LLC

Patricia Handjaja

Shelter Holdings

Pam Harrington

Plummer Harrington Executive Search

Frank Martinez

Last Myle

Lance Neely

Heritage Residential Realty

Nicolette Sharp

Prime 8 Consulting

Joe Belfiore

Microsoft

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/16/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data