2008 Scholars

2008 Scholars.


Yomara, ‘08 Scholar

Spinal muscular atrophy type 2. Graduated from the University of Washington, Bothell with a double major in communications and sociology in June 2014. Currently working for Nordstrom in the Customer Service Department.


Mack, ‘08 Scholar

Cerebral palsy. Studying personal training at Highline Community College. Works at the YMCA.

Erica, ‘08 Scholar

Erb’s palsy. Graduated from the University of Washington in summer 2015 with a double degree in biology and public health. Currently an AmeriCorps member and serving as a patient navigator at Sea Mar Community Health Centers. Starting her masters in public health at Columbia University in fall 2016 and applying to medical school this upcoming year. 

Russell Deex, ‘08 Scholar

Asperger syndrome. Left Phillips Law Firm to become insurance claim handler with Allstate Insurance.  Earned post baccalaureate paralegal certificate at Edmonds Community College.


Sam, ‘08 Scholar

Dyslexia. Received an associate of applied science in architectural design and drafting from Portland Community College. Interned at Ankrom Moisan architectural firm. Would like to pursue a career as an architectural draftsman.

Collin, ‘08 Scholar

Dyslexia. Graduated from The Evergreen State College with a degree in environmental sciences and Shoreline Community College with a two-year degree. Currently working for an environmental lab.


Emily, ‘08 Scholar

Earned an associate’s degree from Bellevue College and a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Plans to spend a few months in Europe traveling and taking art classes. Volunteers for the National Ski Patrol.

Derek, ‘08 Scholar

Nonverbal learning disability and dysgraphia. Attends college and is interested in political science. Lobbied a bill for financial education in math classes in Olympia. Worked as a youth camp counselor and soccer referee and wants to be a band teacher.

Nejowa, ‘08 Scholar

Spinal tuberculosis. Plays basketball for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Plans on being a youth counselor.

Marco, ‘08 Scholar

Asperger syndrome. Earned an associate of arts degree with an emphasis on chemistry and an associate of science degree in chemistry and biology. Currently pursuing bachelor’s degrees at Washington State University in chemical engineering and material science with a math minor. Hopes to pursue a doctorate degree in biotech materials.

Chris, ‘08 Scholar

Autism. Graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in history with minors in Spanish and religion. Considering a job in business or government, preferably government.

Carolyn, ‘08 Scholar

Cerebral palsy and specific learning disability. Earned an associate’s degree in applied science in business administration from Spokane Falls Community College. Plans to pursue a certificate in professional baking from Spokane Community College.

Christine, ‘08 Scholar

Cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. Earned an associate’s degree in applied science in business administration from Spokane Falls Community College and a certificate in social media. Plans to pursue a certificate in professional baking from Spokane Community College.

Nate, ‘08 Scholar

Learning disability. Graduated from California State University, Chico, with a degree in business information systems with an emphasis in management. Works for Hewlett-Packard.

Aaron, ‘08 Scholar

Dyslexia. Graduated from Earlham College with a degree in computer science and politics. Interested in computer programming, math, science, and choral singing.


Wesley, ‘08 Scholar

Quadriplegia. Attends the University of Phoenix Argosy online program with plans to study psychology.

Erik, ‘08 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Participated on Western’s debate team. Now a part time bookkeeper on family’s farm. Likes to read about current events and political magazines in his spare time.

Brianna, ‘08 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, visual and hearing impairments. Accepted into community psychology major at the University of Washington Bothell. Would like to work with children or adults with special needs. On a waitlist for a service dog. Volunteers at Abused Deaf Woman’s Advocacy Services with childcare.

Shelby, ‘08 Scholar

Brain tumor caused learning delays, health impairments. Attends Western Oregon University working to earn a bachelor’s degree and become an American Sign Language interpreter. Considering pursuing a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and eventually working with individuals who are deaf. Works at Partnerships in Community Living as direct support staff for people with developmental disabilities.

Jeremy, ‘08 Scholar

Working towards an associate of arts degree by spring of 2017. Transferring to Eastern Washington University to obtain a Master’s in occupational therapy. Planning on going to Europe after obtaining his degree.