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Palmer Scholars' Virtual Luncheon
The health and safety of our Scholars, staff, and community is our top priority! For this reason, we have decided to transition our 9th annual Stand Up & Cheer Luncheon to a virtual format.
While we may not be able to get together and celebrate our Scholars in person, we can still CHEER them on while maintaining our social distance.
Between now and April 26, we will release a number of short videos featuring testimonials from our partners and Scholars about the importance of our work, as well as blog posts and social media posts that highlight the growth we've experienced over the past year.
Please stay tuned, and please, give to your greatest ability!
Why your Generosity is so Important
We count on our annual Stand Up & Cheer Luncheon as our largest source of individual donations.
Your generosity enables us to provide wrap around supports to underrepresented Pierce County students to overcome social, cultural, and financial barriers in their pursuit of higher education.
With national student loan debt hitting $1.6 trillion and university tuition growing at an alarming rate, it is no surprise that for many students like the Scholars we serve the journey to a postsecondary degree ends before it even begins.
PLEASE, give to your greatest ability
to ensure we are able to continue our work of Creating Hope & Opportunity Through Education.
We are counting on your generosity to propel our work forward. We truly can't do this without you!
Hear from our Scholars!
From Scholar to Board Member - Amalia's Journey of Giving Back
Amalia Perez has seen all sides of Palmer Scholars' operations. As a former Scholar herself, Amalia is committed to helping Scholars who have similar experiences as her through their postsecondary journeys. "We share the common care for the organization, the mission behind Merle Palmer and know the values it carries out in the everyday operations of the program. But more importantly, we each bring something unique to the table that is necessary to continue Merle’s legacy and contribute to developing our board more and more in the future."
Hear from our Partners!
“Long known for making immeasurable impacts in the lives of young people, I am excited that Palmer Scholars will be expanding their programs to offer pathways into a broader variety of living wage careers in addition to four-year degrees. The work being done by Palmer Scholars is fundamental to ensuring that all our youth have access to the resources and opportunities they need to succeed.”
-Victoria Woodards, Mayor of the City of Tacoma
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Learn More About our Work!
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, beyond what is generally encapsulated in college access programs.
Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors