Palmer Scholars is now taking applications for Executive Director (Deadline: 5pm on 10/5/18)
Please visit our Employment page for more details.



Together we raised nearly
to support:
  • 100 hours of College Readiness Training
  • Training and support for 150 dedicated Mentors
  • Fully-stocked dorm room kits and staff visits to college campuses
  • Scholarships for 100 promising college students
  • A brighter Pierce County

We couldn't do this work without you.

Thank you for helping us serve the
Whole Scholar!

Jonathan Jackson
Executive Director

Creating hope and opportunity

Palmer Scholars is about creating hope and opportunity through education. I am living proof of that. For me it's time to now make that circle complete by now creating hope and opportunity through education in someone else's life.
- Megan Saffold, Former Palmer Scholar and now a Palmer Scholars mentor


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We would love to have you join us for our 8th annual Stand Up & Cheer Luncheon!

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Creating hope and opportunity

From at risk high school kids who are first in family to graduate high school to twin doctors, if this doesn’t show the value of mentorship and a scholarship like the Palmer Scholarship, I don’t know what does!” – Ruben Burbank, MD


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Who is a Palmer Scholar?

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Creating Hope and Opportunity through Education

In the 33 years since its inception Palmer Scholars has helped over 400 low-income students of color from Pierce County earn a post-secondary degree with low or even no-debt, within and outside the state of Washington. An education changes not only the trajectory of their lives but that of their entire family and the community around them. These young men and women represent the new faces of leadership in Pierce County and in other communities around the country.  Palmer Scholars are successful attorneys, doctors, social workers, counselors, teachers, business people etc., Two Palmer Scholars recently won elections: one to the Tacoma City Council (Keith Blocker) and one to the Tacoma Public School Board (Andrea Cobb).  At Palmer Scholars we are “Creating Hope and Opportunity Through Education”.

Our Mission

We are committed to supporting underrepresented Pierce County students of color to overcome financial, cultural, and social barriers in their pursuit of higher education.


Our Goals

Provision of up to $5,000 per year of financial support, connection with a mentor who will walk alongside Scholars pre-enrollment through graduation, pre-college readiness training to maximize their potential for college success, and ongoing support, networking opportunities, and connection with volunteer and career opportunities


Your donation will help support low-income students of color gain financial assistance to higher education.  Also it will help provide support to provide trainings and mentorship throughout their college journey.


Become a part of the Palmers family by volunteering to become a mentor for one of the Palmer Scholars.


Collaborate through many different avenues of service to ensure our Scholars success, such as become a mentor, offer an internship, be a donor, underwrite a Palmer Scholarship, serve on a Palmer Scholars committee, be a sponsor for Stand Up and Cheer or be a Table Captain for this major Palmer Scholar fund raising event, be a reader for our applications, apply to be a board member.

Terelle Hardiman,
Terelle Hardiman Student Class of 2013


The Foundation on which Palmer Scholars is built and continually achieves is our Mentor Program that brings our Scholars in touch with accomplished role models. Our mentors are trained so they are prepared to deal with situations that arise when a scholars is pursing their post-secondary education. They are the support that a Scholar turns to during times of hardship and celebration.


It takes a village!

Palmer Scholars is grateful for the support of our foundation and community partners!
Together we are Creating Hope and Opportunity through Education.

Rotary Clubs of:
Lakewood, Tacoma #8, Tacoma North, and Tacoma Sunrise