2004 Scholars

2004 Scholars


Andrew, ‘04 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disability (written language)
Earned a master’s degree from University of Nebraska - Lincoln and bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University. Is an executive administrator for Costco Wholesale in a northwest office. Sings classical and opera music in local venues and continues to pursue a career as a classical musician.

Laura, ‘04 Scholar

Traumatic brain injury
Earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities for teaching with a minor in mathematics and a master’s degree in teaching secondary mathematics from Seattle University. Teaches high school math in Seattle. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2011.

Lukas, ‘04 Scholar

Amyoplasia arthrogyposis multiplex congenital
Earned a degree in speech communication with a minor in leadership studies from Whitworth University. Works for Pyrotek Inc. as a business analyst while starting a business on the side.

Kathleen, ‘04 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder
Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington State University. Worked in a neuro-electrophysiology lab. Now works for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife as a scientific field tech, currently monitoring steelhead retention.

Carrie, ‘04 Scholar

Cerebral pals
With a background in both marketing and psychology, started a travel business based out of Los Angeles, CA, which has the unique capability of fulfilling the corporate and leisure travel needs of people with disabilities.

Tracy, ‘04 Scholar

Learning disability
Has two children, Jordan and Austin. Cares for children and mother-in-law.

Amanda, ‘04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Currently keeping up with a four-year-old child and thinking about using art to express life experiences as a person with a disability.

Daniel, ‘04 Scholar

Dyslexia, diabetes, adrenal failure
Earned a bachelor of science in physics from Western Washington University and a master’s of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington. Works for Amnis, part of EMD Millipore, designing and creating assembly drawings for Imaging Flow Cytometers.

Julie, ‘04 Scholar

Spina bifida
Attended Everett Community College for two quarters and is thinking of returning to school.

Meg, ‘04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in human services. Works in custodial services and as an activities aide at a rehabilitation center calling bingo in the evening. Enjoying great benefit in increased range of motion from a dedication to pilates exercise for the past year.

Maryann, ‘04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Graduated from Shoreline Community College; was transferring to the University of Washington to study social work and disability law when she died after surgery in July 2010. Engaged with The Arc of Snohomish County and Disability Rights Washington and competed in the Special Olympics.

Alex, ‘04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Earned an associate’s degree from Cascadia Community College and a bachelor’s degree in society, ethics, and human behavior at the University of Washington Bothell. Completed an internship in The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program at the University of Washington Center on Human Development and Disability. Currently working on getting into supportive living.

Makenna, ‘04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy
Volunteers at Parent to Parent of Whatcom County, The Arc of Whatcom County, Max Higbee Center, and FACES (Families for Autistic Children’s Education & Support) Northwest.

Katie, ‘04 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder and dyslexia
Earned a degree in English from Western Washington University. Worked with the Franciscan Volunteer Ministry in Philadelphia.

Ashley, ‘04 Scholar

Asperger syndrome
Has a part.time job at Publix. Volunteers with the Special Olympics chapter in Broward County, Florida. Loves going to the library, traveling, and volunteering at basketball tournaments. Has a miniature schnauzer dog named Kiera.

Vishal, ‘04 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Attended Cascadia Community College. Completed an internship with the University of Washington Athletic Department, Women’s Crew. Passed away in January 2014.

Bud, ‘04 Scholar

Visual impairment
Earned degrees in economics and math from Gonzaga University. Pursuing a doctoral degree in finance at the University of Southern California. Interned at Boeing, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).

Russell, ‘04 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Earned a bachelor of arts in history with a minor in Spanish from Pacific Lutheran University. Tutored college students in Spanish. Art blog can be found at www.russelltaylorart.blogspot.com.

Michael, ‘04 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University. Pursuing a position as an engineer involved in the use of nuclear fusion as an energy source.

Blanca, ‘04 Scholar

Mobility impairment
Attended Columbia Basin College and plans to transfer to Eastern Washington University to study child psychology.

Jessica, ‘04 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, ataxia, learning disability
Earned an associate degree from Olympic College and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and family studies from the University of Washington. Earned a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Western Washington University.