'97 Ambassadors


[Group Picture of '97 Scholars]

The following Ambassadors began participating in DO-IT as Scholars in 1997. They continue to pursue college and career goals and encourage younger DO-IT Scholars and Ambassadors.

Andrew, '97 Scholar
Mobility impairment
Attended the Rochester Institute of Technology to study physics, but earned an associate of applied science degree in graphic arts from Monroe Community College. Currently works as a lead technician at Frontier Communications.

Amanda, '97 Scholar
Paraplegia
Graduated with honors from the University of Great Falls with a major in communications and a minor in computer systems integration. Works as a freelance writer.

Jennifer, '97 Scholar
Blind
Graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota. Currently lives in Spring Valley, California. Loves her career as a homemaker and enjoys hosting other people in her home. Looking forward to receiving her first guide dog!

Cynthia, '97 Scholar
Achondroplasia
Graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in economics.

Trent, '97 Scholar
Epilepsy
Attended Bellevue Community College.

Brad, '97 Scholar
Paraplegia
Studied business at Northern Arizona University and worked at Pima Community College as a business mathematics tutor.

Ben, '97 Scholar
Quadriplegia
Earned an associate's degree in design drafting and a mechanical design certificate from Green River Community College; working towards an architectural and civil drafting degree.

Justin, '97 Scholar
Blind
Attended college.

Michael, '97 Scholar
Spina bifida with upper motor neuron dysfunction
Graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Denver's Graduate School of International Studies in political theory and international politics.

Alexi, '97 Scholar
Profoundly deaf
Graduated from the University of Connecticut with English and publishing degrees. Works for a survey sampling service supporting market research companies.

Karyn, '97 Scholar
Dyslexia
Works as a sales manager at Verizon Wireless. Married.

Shakethia, '97 Scholar
Mobility impairment
Earned her Bachelor of Accountancy from Mississippi State University and her Masters of Business Administration degree from Belhaven University. Currently works for Lafayette County as the accounts payable clerk.

Steven, '97 Scholar
Severe hearing loss
Graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor's degree in economics. Earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Haven. Lives in San Francisco and works for a hedge fund administrator as a senior fund accountant.

Laura, '97 Scholar
Ischemic spinal cord injury
Earned a master's degree and Ph.D. in micro-electronics and photonics at the University of Arkansas. Received Walton Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship.

Keaton, '97 Scholar
Blind
Attended the University of Utah and was pursuing a career in engineering when he died in 2001 after a battle with cancer.

Veronica, '97 Scholar
Earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard and a juris doctorate from Georgetown University. Worked in the United States Senate. Currently practices corporate law in New York.

Sharon, '97 Scholar
Visual impairment
Earned a degree in orientation and mobility from the University of Northern Colorado, a master's degree in education from Portland State University, a teacher of the visually impaired certification, and a bachelor's degree in social science. Teaches elementary school children at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind (USDB). Vice-president of USDB Education Association. Actively involved in the guide dog community.