The Rainier Scholarship Program

By Jack Morissette

David Lewis provides an inside scoop on his experience with the Rainier Scholarship Program.

David Lewis is one of those superstar athletes. Not only is he balling on the Varsity Basketball team, but he also plays for the OES Men’s Varsity Lacrosse team. If you know David, you already know that he’s one of the nicest and most outgoing kids in the school.  He’s the most positive person I know and never has anything negative to say about anyone. One thing you might not know about David is that he is a part of a special program known as the Rainier Scholarship Program.

David first learned of the program when he was in 5th grade. He was one of the top students in his class and his teacher recommended that he apply for the scholarship. He applied along with nearly 500 other students. The application process was rigorous, including several tests and an interview. David was highly qualified and was one of only 60 students chosen.

He started in 6th grade, attending middle school in Seattle. The program pushes exceptional students to achieve at their maximum potential. The scholarship offers young students the option of attending top public schools, private schools, or boarding schools as well as a variety of AP programs. David applied for a private school closer to home in 7th grade for his 8th grade year, but he was put on the waitlist. A spot never opened up so he had to look elsewhere.

The following year, he decided to expand his search and looked into boarding programs. Because of the the Rainier Scholarship, he had many options for boarding schools.  He eventually discovered OES and knowing that there were other Rainier students thriving here, like Simon Mahari and Daniel Ewentu; he decided to attend after being accepted by OES.

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