Success of the DO-IT Scholars
The DO-IT Scholars program, originally funded by NSF in 1992, was institutionalized with Washington state funds in 1998. Each year a cohort of 20 high school students with disabilities interested in attending college, begin participating in summer study sessions, online mentoring and peer support, internships, and other activities to prepare for college and careers and increase interest in STEM. Scholar progress is presented in the annual DO-IT Snapshots publication. DO-IT Scholars participate in activities that lead them through critical junctures to successful college experiences and careers.
As of winter, 2008, 321 individuals have participated in the DO-IT Scholars program. The DO-IT Scholars reach high levels of success with respect to postsecondary education, careers, and leadership. They boast a 100% high school graduation rate. Nearly all enter postsecondary school and 112 are currently attending. Forty-five have secured associates, 83 baccalaureate, and 16 graduate degrees (31, 60, and 12, respectively in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, STEM); 64 are in the workforce (46 in STEM fields).
Consult DO-IT Snapshots for details regarding the interests and progress of the DO-IT Scholars.