We stayed in, and YOU STEPPED UP!

Wow… WE DID IT! 

Collectively, between our amazing sponsors, our matching gift, and individual donations/pledges,

WE RAISED $153,130!!!

That is truly something to Stand Up & Cheer about, and we couldn’t have done it without YOU!

This will enable us to continue to provide our Scholars with wrap-around support including postsecondary readiness training, mentoring, scholarships, campus visits, and connections to career connected learning opportunities. Your support means so much to us, especially in light of all that is going on currently!

From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for your continued support of our Scholars! We look forward to seeing you all in-person at our 2021 Stand Up & Cheer luncheon! 

Missed the campaign?

It's never too late to make a gift to support our Scholars!


Mail a check or money order to:

PO Box 7119,

Tacoma, WA 98417

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