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Palmer Scholars is Committed to EQUITY.

At Palmer Scholars, we acknowledge and celebrate our similarities and differences as active community members in Pierce County. We are dedicated to promoting agency and equity for our Scholars in their journey of becoming critical learners, community leaders, and global citizens. We value self-worth and the importance of personal development through accountability, leadership, goal planning, empowerment, and community service.  Through this work, we center our values: personal growth, relationships, leadership opportunities, community responsibility, advocacy, family support, and access to opportunity. We strive to foster an environment that is open, engaged, equitable and is respectful of all identities based on age, nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and disability. We believe in representing diversity and inclusivity with our Board Members, staff, mentors, volunteers, and Scholars. 



Our vision is for our students to succeed in graduating from 2-year, 4-year, or apprenticeship program with the essential tools to be catalysts for change and leaders in our community.

"As an educator and advocate, I love being part of Palmer Scholars. The organization embraces low-income youth of color who see education as their path to fulfilling their dreams for themselves and their families. It motivates me to want to include everyone I meet (just ask people who know me) to join the Palmer vision by helping to fund our mission. Asking for your financial support is easy because the outcomes are so gratifying! We change lives!"  - Steve Schain, PhD   

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