1997 Scholars

1997 Summer Study group photo


Alexi, ’97 Scholar

Profoundly deaf

Earned degrees in English and publishing from the University of Connecticut. Works for a survey sampling service, supporting market research companies.

Amanda, ’97 Scholar


Earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in computer systems integration from the University of Great Falls; graduated with honors. Works as a freelance writer.

Andrew, ‘97 Scholar

Mobility impairment

Earned an associate of applied science degree in graphic arts from Monroe Community College. Also studied physics at Rochester Institute of Technology. Works as a network operations technician at Frontier Communications.

Ben, ‘97 Scholar


Earned an associate degree in design drafting and a mechanical design certificate from Green River Community College. Pursuing an architectural and civil drafting degree.

Brad, ’97 Scholar


Studied business at Northern Arizona University and worked at Pima Community College as a business mathematics tutor.

Cynthia, ’97 Scholar


Earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington. Works at the Federal Aviation Administration as a management and program analyst.

Jennifer, ’97 Scholar


Earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota. Lives in Norfolk, Virginia. Is a homemaker and enjoys hosting other people. Has received first guide dog.

Justin, ’97 Scholar


Attended college.

Karyn, ’97 Scholar


Works as a personal trainer and running coach. Travels around the world competing in half marathon, 10k, and 5k races. Completed first full marathon in 2018. Lives with husband and dog, Tilly, in Snohomish, Washington.

Keaton, ’97 Scholar


Attended the University of Utah and was pursuing a career in engineering when he died in 2001 after a battle with cancer. 

Laura, ’97 Scholar

Ischemic spinal cord injury

Earned a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in micro electronics and photonics from the University of Arkansas. Recipient of the Walton Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship.

Michael, ’97 Scholar

Spina bifida with upper motor neuron dysfunction

Earned a doctoral degree in political theory and international politics from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies.

Shakethia, ‘97 Scholar

Mobility impairment

Earned a bachelor’s of accountancy degree from Mississippi State University and a master of business administration degree from Belhaven University. Works as an accountant for the North East MS Electric Power Association.

Sharon, ’97 Scholar

Visual impairment

Earned a certification for teaching people with visual impairments, a bachelor’s degree in social science, and a master’s degree in education from Portland State University. Studied orientation and mobility at the University of Northern Colorado. Works as a teacher of people with visual impairments and an orientation and mobility instructor. Actively involved in the guide dog community.

Steven, ’97 Scholar

Severe hearing loss

Earned a master of business administration degree from University of New Haven and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Connecticut. Works as a manager for Citco in San Francisco.

Trent, ’97 Scholar


Enjoys cashiering and working for Target. Has been on the board for ENSO (Envisioning Solutions) for several years. Helped plan and run the 2018 Special Olympics held in Seattle, Washington. Lives in a condo on Alki.

Veronica, ’97 Scholar

Earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a law degree from Georgetown University. Worked in the United States Senate. Practices corporate law in New York.