Education as a means toward opportunity



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!


Come meet our Scholars and celebrate these remarkable students and all they have accomplished. Hear about our new initiatives to help our students achieve success in attaining their educational goals.

Why attend?

The mission of Palmer Scholars is to increase the number of low-income students of color from Pierce County who graduate from a post-secondary degree program.

Who will attend?

•  Palmer Scholars and their families
• Board Members
•  Staff
•  Community members
•  Volunteers
•  Donors

How can I participate?

  • Volunteer
  • Be a captain
  • Attend the event
  • Sponsor a table
  • Donate
  • Help Us To Create Hope And Opportunity Through Education

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact Sally Bose, Executive Director, at


Stand Up and Cheer 2019 

Tuesday, April 23th, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Hotel Murano Bicentennial Pavilion, Tacoma, WA



Chris Reykdal - Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Deputy Prosecutor, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office

Join us on Tuesday April 23, 2019 for our 8th annual STAND UP & CHEER Luncheon as Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal delivers a powerful keynote address on the importance of serving the “whole child” and the critical role Palmer Scholars plays in ensuring some of our most marginalized students have access to a post-secondary education.  

Chris Reykdal was born and raised in Snohomish, Washington as the youngest of eight children. He has served as a high school history teacher, local school board member, state legislator, and budget and policy executive for our state’s community and technical college system. Chris has dedicated his entire career to public education, and he is currently serving in his first term as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Chris and his wife, Kim, live in historic Tumwater with their two children, Carter and Kennedy.

Chris graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in social studies, ageology minor, and a teaching certificate. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. In his role as the State Superintendent, Chris also serves on the State Board of Education, Workforce Training and Education Board, and the State Board of Natural Resources.

Chris leads a team at OSPI that is working hard to open multiple pathways to high school graduation including expanded technical education opportunities.


Thank you for taking the time to join us in celebrating our amazing Scholars at our 8th annual Stand Up & Cheer luncheon! Thanks to you, we raised more at this year’s luncheon than ever before, enabling us to continue to provide our Scholars with excellent, wrap around supports! We sincerely appreciate your time and generosity, and hope that you were as inspired by the stories you heard as we are on a daily basis as we interact with and support our Scholars.

We hope you will join us again next year!

Below, please find an assortment of photos taken during the event, as well as the video that was showed honoring the late Peggy Palmer and her many contributions to our Scholars over the years.

With gratitude,

Jonathan Jackson
Executive Director

For more information on sponsoring our 2020 luncheon please contact:
Jonathan Jackson, Executive Director or call 206-265-2219

Creating Hope (Presenting Sponsors)

Mentor Sponsors

Scholarship Sponsors

Graduate Sponsors

Alumni Sponsors

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Class of 2016
Class of 2017
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Thank you again to our 2018 Stand Up & Cheer Sponsors

Seattle Seahawks

Jerry McLaughlin

Columbia Bank

Steve Schain & Beverly Hatter

Doug Hostetter - Private Donation

University Of Puget Sound

Gordon Thomas Honeywell

McGavick Graves Attorneys At Law

The Inn At Gig Harbor

Dukesbay Productions

Grey Lumber Company

Willie Stewart

Main Street Wealth Advisors

Jonathan Jackson


Pierce College

Ken and Sally Bose

McGranahan Architects

JayRay - A Place To Think

Financial Insights

Mike McGavock

The Palmer Family


Clover Park Technical College

Tacoma Community College


Bates Technical College

In kind Sponsors