2001 Scholars

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Alexandra, ’01 Scholar


Earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Washington. Works as a controller for Oak Harbor Freight Lines.

Amy, ’01 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from Central Washington University. Works as a substitute teacher in Everett Public Schools. Has an American Eskimo dog named Edward.

Brad, ’01 Scholar

Generalized anxiety disorder, learning disability

Earned two bachelor of science degrees in sociology and mechanical engineering technology from Central Washington University.

Brandi, ’01 Scholar


Has associate degrees in liberal arts and science, and pharmacy technology. Nationally certified pharmacy technician and working for Sanford Health. Has two girls and a boy.

Brandon, ‘01 Scholar


Was looking forward to earning a college degree and becoming a software engineer when he died in April 2003 from a respiratory infection.

Brandon, ’01 Scholar

Left side paralysis and epilepsy, caused by a traumatic brain injury at 13

Earned a bachelor of arts degree from The Evergreen State College and a master of education in counseling from the University of Puget Sound. Employed as career specialist in the ACHIEVE Program at Highline College. Serves on the Governor’s Committee for Disability Issues and Employment and as co-vice chair of the Youth Leadership Forum. Received a 2015 DO-IT Trailblazer Award.

Caleb, ’01 Scholar

Spastic quadriplegia with ataxia and juvenile Stargardt’s disease

Graduated with an associate of arts degree from Skagit Valley Community College in 2008, and with an associate of applied science in computer networking degree from Bellingham Technical College in 2017. Currently working part-time at Whatcom Community College in the e-learning department testing the accessibility of documents and online resources for students who use screen readers and magnifiers.

Chris, ‘01 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Achieved his childhood dream of attending the University of Washington. Died in his dorm room in February 2004.

Elizabeth, ’01 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Earned a master of social work from Eastern Washington University.

Jacob, ’01 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bilateral clubfeet

Earned a bachelor’s degree in archeology from the University of West Florida.

Jeff, ’01 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder

Attended college in Spokane, Washington.

Lauren, ’01 Scholar


Earned a bachelor’s degree in social services from Central Washington University and a library and technology certificate from Highline Community College. Currently works at Hopelink in their transportation call center helping individuals with Medicaid get rides to and from their medical appointments.

Matt, ’01 Scholar

Dyslexia, short-term memory defect

Works as chemical process safety manager for two Georgia-Pacific facilities in Oregon. Married since 2010 and has two children. Recently purchased a 4-acre train park and venue: Tennessee Thunder Stand and Railroad in Lebanon, Oregon. Working on making it more accessible.

Matt, ’01 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Earned an associate degree from Clark College. Studying digital technology and culture at Washington State University.

Mike, ’01 Scholar

Asperger syndrome

Continuing work on an accessible campaign game (a role-playing game, similar to Dungeons and Dragons) that will be both digital and table top.

Raechell, ’01 Scholar

C7 quadriplegic, profoundly deaf, respiratory fragility

Graduated from South Puget Sound Community College. Transferred to The Evergreen State College to earn a teaching degree and is currently studying Spanish.

Sarah, ’01 Scholar

Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive

Graduated from Seattle Pacific University after studying to be a Spanish–English interpreter and translator. Passed away in November 2017.

Steven, ’01 Scholar

Transverse myelitis

Earned a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Arizona and a master of arts in child and adolescent development from San Jose State University. Works for the Riekes Center in Menlo Park, California as the manager of adaptive and veterans programs. Married in May 2013 and lives in San Francisco, California. Represented the United States Paralympic Track and Field team at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, and in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Trisha, ’01 Scholar

Learning disability

Interested in teaching history or science.