Our Impact

Our “Whole Scholar” model, which recognizes that Scholars have lives, challenges,

and tribulations that exist outside of the classroom, has proven successful in helping our Scholars graduate with the skills, knowledge, and network to be servant leaders in their communities. To guide our work, we focus on a set of milestones and benchmarks that track our Scholars’ progress from their junior year of high school through graduation from their post-secondary program.

Since 1983,

we have served nearly


promising students of color from across Pierce County 

In the 2019-2020 academic year we will serve nearly


117 current college Scholars

32 current high school seniors

45+ new Scholars 


in Student Loans

For the 2018-19 school year, 92% of our Scholars took out $0 in loans, with 94% taking out less than $5,000

Our all-time graduation rate for all Scholars served is


Nationally, according to the Pell Institute, this rate is just 11% for low-income first-generation students

For the class of 2014, the average loan amount at graduation was


Nationally, according to the College Board, the average student loan burden after a 4-year degree program is $38,500


of our Scholars graduate from high school with the tools and savvy they need to excel in their post-secondary programs, and are accepted into no less than 75% of the programs to which they apply

Of all of the causes I support, Palmer Scholars is by far the nearest and dearest to my heart. As a first-generation college students and someone who could have been a Palmer Scholar myself, I know firsthand the importance of every step they take to ensure student success. I look forward to investing in the continued growth of this organization!  -Anonymous

The Palmer Difference

Program Growth

Income Growth

Our Work is Far from Done...


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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