Our Connection to You
We Believe Everything is Connected
Creating strength in our local community is important to us and we want to be the spark that connects our neighbors. Through our Good Connections program, we actively encourage and promote companies and ideas that improve our local communities and create strong, thriving neighborhoods. If you would like to request a donation for your local non-profit, please submit your application through our Giving Trax page by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
Because there is a tie between giving and receiving
Bringing people together to make a connection is an important part of who we are at Rainier Connect. The Good Connections Social Hour is a quarterly gathering of colleagues, clients, friends and family at our office to come together and learn about a non-profit organization or new local client.
Rainier Connect hosts a quarterly TECH 101 seminar for representatives of non-profit organizations to learn the basics of setting up a network, creating secure systems, and trouble shooting. During this hands-on program, we also help organizations by creating the space for new friendship and a collective sharing of knowledge.
With some telecom companies, “community service” means parking a van on your street for installations and service calls. At Rainier Connect, our involvement is deeper and more personal because we’ve lived and worked in these same communities for the past 100 years. As a locally grown company, we’re dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone in Washington’s Puget Sound region. We’re advocates for youth education and community development, encouraging and supporting employees and organizations who give back to the communities we serve, and beyond.
Connecting to the Next Generation
Because we believe in supporting the health of our communities and promoting the next generation, we have started the Arne Haynes Memorial Scholarship for Technology. Arne led us for 36 years, and among his many accomplishments, he always had the ability to keep a step ahead of the latest technology. He was the first to retire an operator required for every phone call when he installed an electronic switch that allowed customers to dial each other. He also led us to become one of the first phone companies in Washington to use digital switching.
When Arne retired in 1990, he had grown the company from 300 to more than 1,800 customers.
In August 2011, Arne passed away with his family by his side and an understanding that they would lead Rainier Connect through the next generation of technological growth...we invite you to be a part of that development by submitting your application for this scholarship.
Are you Eligible?
The Rainier Connect, Arne Haynes Memorial Scholarship for Technology is open to high school seniors who:
- Live and attend school in one of the areas where Rainier Connect is available. (Bethel, Eatonville, Tacoma, Puyallup, Franklin Pierce, Chehalis, and Centralia)
- Have at least a 3.0 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) throughout high school. Please provide a sealed official transcript.
- Volunteer or participate in community services or extracurricular activities
- Plan on attending an accredited four-year college or university
HOW IT WORKS
It's easy to submit your application for the Rainier Connect, Arne Haynes Memorial Scholarship for Technology scholarship. Here's how the selection process works:
There are many qualities that every great technology entrepreneur must exhibit in order to be successful. Answer the five following questions, providing a detailed explanation with real life examples.
- Every entrepreneur must be disciplined. What have you done that shows your discipline and what specific steps have you taken to minimize distractions from your goals?
- The successful entrepreneur is often the first person to arrive at the office and the last one to leave. They come in on their days off to make sure that they meet their goals and expectations. How have you embodied this idea of a strong work ethic and what were the results?
- Great entrepreneurs are often called upon to support their communities through networking and volunteerism. How have you made your community a better place to live and how did you utilize your personal networks and volunteer time?
- Passion is one of the most important traits of the successful entrepreneur. The long hours of work and determination are balanced with a genuine love for their work. They put in extra hours to make the business succeed because their business gives them a joy that goes beyond the money. What do you have a passion for and how have you pursued it?
- Very few businesses are built without failures along the way, but the true entrepreneur doesn’t let that slow their determination, they are not thwarted by their defeats. They look at defeat as an opportunity for success. What have you done that didn’t turn out as you had planned, and how did you turn the defeat into a success?
When answering the questions, be as specific as possible. Describe your student body and community activities, volunteer participation, and all work experiences, paid or unpaid. Working as a volunteer is as valuable as working for pay, so make sure you tell us of your role(s) and how you participated in each activity.
Apply now through March 3, 2014. If you have questions, please send an email to PR@RainierConnect.net
or call 253.683.4211.
Include a cover sheet with the following information:
University you plan to attend
Major Field of Study
Winners will be notified in May 2014, to ensure you receive prompt notification please be sure to include contact information with the application.
Late applications will not be considered and incomplete applications may lead to disqualification.
Send application to; Rainier Connect, 2516 Holgate St. Tacoma, WA. 98402 Attn: Scholarship Committee