2006 Scholars

Group photo of 2006 Scholars


Brandon, ‘06 Scholar

Profoundly deaf, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dysgraphia, Mitochondrial Disorder. Attended School of Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Currently working at the Puget Sound Shipyard, in the Machinist Apprentice Program and taking classes at Olympic College in Bremerton.


Ryan, ‘06 Scholar

Mobility impairment. Pursuing a career as a DJ.


Alex, ‘06 Scholar

Turner syndrome, nonverbal learning disorder. Studied library sciences at Highline Community College. Attends Central Washington University.

Jenny, ‘06 Scholar

Right-sided weakness, learning disability. Plans to become a physical therapist or work with children.


Maria, ‘06 Scholar

Learning disability. Graduated from Western Washington University (WWU) with a double major in Spanish and law, diversity, and justice. Founder of the WWU Student Coalition for Immigration Rights. Pursuing a graduate degree at Antioch University in environmental education. Plans to continue work with migrant youth and families.


Daniel, ‘06 Scholar

Hand deformity. Earned a degree in political science and economy from the University of Washington. Served as a volunteer on the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment and as an advocate for the Andrew Hughes Campaign for Congress. Currently an operations assistant at KBA Construction Management.



Oscar, ‘06 Scholar

Proximal femoral focal deficiency, bone deformities. Attending Portland Community College this fall. Works as a social media intern for the Cascade AIDS Project in Portland, OR. Also works at Hollister and a mall information desk. Involved in youth activism and in his church as the young adults leader.

Jennifer, ‘06 Scholar

Cerebral palsy. Pursuing an associate’s degree in social work at Green River Community College. Volunteered for the Strengthening Partners and Raising Kids program at the Children’s Home Society and for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


Jesus, ‘06 Scholar

Visual impairment. Studied computer and network technologies at Renton Technical College. Currently pursuing his music.

Joey, ‘06 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Close to graduating from Cascadia College.

K.J., ‘06 Scholar

Learning disability. Attends Skagit Valley College and hopes to become a meteorologist.


Tony, ‘06 Scholar

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia. Earned degree in interdisciplinary studies combining international studies with sustainable agriculture from the University of Idaho. Currently a masters student of nonprofit leadership at Seattle University, but plans on changing majors to teaching with a special education endorsement. Works as a paraprofessional educator at Leschi Elementary School. Rows on the nationally competitive crew team for Lake Union Crew Club.


Taylor, ‘06 Scholar

Asperger syndrome. Earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree from the University of Arizona. Now working as a contractor for Microsoft with Bing Maps.


Amrit, ‘06 Scholar

Attention deficit disorder. Earned a degree in sociology, with minors in Chinese and anthropology, from Haverford College. Interned at the Department of Defense as a research assistant and was a seventh grade science teacher with Teach for America.

Gabe, ‘06 Scholar

Hearing impairment, tetraphocomelia. Graduated Cascadia Community College in 2012 with a general associate’s degree. Motivational speaker who has been featured in many news and television shows. Co‑authored the book, My Message is C.L.E.A.R., in 2012. Recently got his driver’s license and a wheelchair accessible van. Coaches a basketball team.


Zachary, ‘06 Scholar

Cerebral palsy. Working at Seattle City Light as an administrative support specialist. Also works at Amazon as an NDA scanner in their reception team. Volunteers at the YMCA.

Sam, ‘06 Scholar

Cerebral palsy. Took classes in anatomy, physiology, and psychology at Shoreline Community College. Participates in the Mount Baker Council and volunteers at the Seattle Marathon each year. Training to be on the United States para‑equestrian team.


Kaitlin Squires, ‘06 Scholar

Seizure disorder. Earned a bachelor of arts degree from Washington State University in business administration with a focus on management and operations.

Nicole, ‘06 Scholar

Blind, bilateral hearing loss. Earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a focus in human-computer interaction from Stanford University. Works at Google improving the accessibility of Google+. Was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Annual Math and Science Conference for Principals of Schools for the Blind. Has a black labrador named Lexia as her first guide dog.