October 1, 2019  

Application Open

December 9, 2019 

Application Closes

Dec 10, 2019 – Jan 10, 2020 

Review of Applications

January 20, 2020

Applicants Notified of Interview Selections

January 27 - February 7, 2020 


February 14, 2020

Applicants Notified of Final Selections

At Palmer Scholars, we are committed to helping our Scholars achieve their dreams of a better life through higher education. We know through experience that our work cannot stop after scholarship checks go out. Our “Whole Scholar” model is a holistic approach that provides opportunities for our committed staff, board, and community volunteers to support Scholars in most all areas of life, not just what is generally encapsulated in college access programs.

Much More than a Scholarship!

What are the Benefits of Being a Palmer Scholar?

Support from our dedicated staff, Board of Director, and volunteers throughout your college journey and beyond

Monthly college readiness trainings

A mentor who provides 1-on-1 support

Matched with an internship during your senior year of high school

Up to $30,000 in financial support:

minimum $1,000 annual scholarship for up to 5 years, with option to request additional funding up to $5,000 per year

Annual living and book/supply stipends ($500 each) while in college

A freshmen year "send-off package" including a laptop and dorm room essentials ($500 value)

Ongoing career exploration and professional/personal development opportunities

"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, Palmer Alumnus

What is the Time Commitment?

Attend one to two trainings per month between spring semester of you junior year through the summer after graduating high school.

Trainings are during the week in the evenings and dinner is provided.

Attend Palmer Scholar events throughout your time as a Scholar.

Be an active participant at all trainings and events.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for Palmer Scholars you must:

Identify as a person of color

Be a high school junior attending a Pierce County high school 

Be actively involved in your school and community

Have at minimum a 2.0 GPA

Be from a low-income family (free/reduced lunch eligible)

Palmer Sunrise Rotary Challenge Scholarship

Palmer Scholars has partnered with the Tacoma Sunrise Rotary Club to administer the Palmer Sunrise Rotary Challenge Scholarship (PSRCS). PSRC Scholars will receive all of the benefits of traditional Palmer Scholars, though their scholarship dollars come from the Sunrise Rotary Club Foundation. The PSRCS is open to all juniors enrolled at Lincoln High School that meet our eligibility requirements, which are listed above, but you do not need to identify as a person of color.  The PSRCS only seeks to identify students at Lincoln High School who have persevered through significant hardship and are college bound. The submission deadline for the PSRCS is the same as the general Palmer Scholars application.   

Please complete the main application to apply for the Palmer Sunrise Rotary Challenge Scholarship and when prompted, select that you would like to be considered for the Sunrise Rotary Challenge Scholarship.

Are you between the ages of 16-24 and not currently enrolled in school?

Our Palmer Pathways Initiative serves young adults ages 18-26 from Pierce County who are not currently enrolled in school and desire to pursue a career in the trades. We go above and beyond to ensure the success of our Scholars, and participation in our program requires a high level of commitment. 


Physical Address - 2141 South J St, Tacoma, WA 98405

Mailing Address - PO Box 7119, Tacoma, WA 98417

Phone - (253) 572-9008

Email - info@palmerscholars.org

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