The following Ambassadors began participating in DO-IT as Scholars in 2003. They continue to pursue college and career goals and encourage younger DO-IT Scholars and Ambassadors.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Died in spring 2010 after earning a bachelor’s degree in information technology from Central Washington University.
Traumatic brain injury. Graduated from Columbia High School.
Mobility impairment. Earned a bachelor of science in chemistry from the University of Washington. Previously attended the University of Arizona in Tucson and swam for the U.S. at the Paralympics in China.
Short-term memory loss. Graduated from Stanwood High School. Has worked at a food bank and an animal shelter.
Learning disability. Earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from Central Washington University, summa cum laude and Presidential Scholar, and a master’s degree in education from Lesley University, specializing in curriculum development through the arts. Teaches elementary school students who have autism.
Low vision. Attended Spokane Community College.
Cerebral palsy. Attends Centralia Community College, majoring in early childhood education. Plans to study psychology.
Cerebral palsy. Attends the American InterContinental University online, studying business administration.
Spina bifida. Passed away in May 2008 after a sixteen-month battle with cancer. Received an honorary degree from Landmark College.
Cerebral palsy, learning disabilities. Works in real estate management.
Blind. Attends Clark College, studying broadcasting. Interested in novel writing and becoming a DJ.
Cerebral palsy. Earned degrees in English, Spanish, and political science from the University of Portland. Attends law school at Willamette University.
Learning disability. Earned a bachelor’s degree in social science with a focus on environmental studies from the University of Washington. Works as a professional photographer in Seattle.
Muscular dystrophy. Earned a law degree from the University of Washington School of Law after graduating summa cum laude from Seattle Pacific University. Employed as the financial stability project coordinator at Washington Access Fund. Interned in Washington, DC as part of the American Association of People with Disabilities Congressional Internship and the Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program. Received the Blackstone Legal Fellowship in 2013 and a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2012, and was the first person to use a powered wheelchair in the Seattle Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon. Currently serves as chair of the Governor’s Award Subcommittee and member of the Coordinating Committee for the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment.
Bilateral radial club hand. Graduated from Washington State University with a major in hospitality business management. Married and manages the family farm in Pasco, WA.
Dyslexia. Earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Goshen College. Works as a senior software engineer at Digital Foundry, leading teams to create custom mobile and web applications. Interned at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Microsoft, and IBM.
Health and vision impairments. Earned a degree in medical anthropology and global health from the University of Washington (UW). Participated in leadership development programs, including UW’s Women’s Leadership Institute. Advocates for people with disabilities and is pursuing employment in international health or public service.
Cerebral palsy. Earned an associate’s degree in accounting from Big Bend Community College. Works as a watermaster clerk/purchasing assistant for the Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District.
Hearing impairment. Works as a sign language interpreter at an elementary school in Yakima. Married and has one child.
Attention deficit disorder. Earned an associate’s degree in machine technology and mechanical engineering from Bellingham Technical College and an associate’s degree in electrical engineering and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University. Working as a mechanical engineer in Burlington, WA.