2008 Scholars

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Aaron, ‘08 Scholar


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

Brianna, ‘08 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, visual and hearing impairments

Recieved a master’s degree in rehabilitation mental health counseling at Western Oregon University and a bachelor’s degree in community psychology with a minor in disability studies from the University of Washington Bothell. Works for North Seattle Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as a rehabilitation technician. Received service dog, Mabel, through Summit Assistance Dogs in November 2017.

Carolyn, ‘08 Scholar

Cerebral palsy and specific learning disability

Earned an associate degree in applied science in business administration from Spokane Falls Community College. Plans to pursue a
certificate in professional baking from Spokane Community College.

Chris, ‘08 Scholar


Graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in history with minors in Spanish and religion. Has been working for the federal government for five years now. 

Christine, ‘08 Scholar

Cerebral palsy and learning disabilities

Earned an associate degree in applied science in business administration from Spokane Falls Community College and a certificate in social media. Plans to attend phlebotomy school.

Collin, ‘08 Scholar


Graduated from The Evergreen State College with a degree in environmental sciences and Shoreline Community College with a two-year degree. Currently working for the Bellevue Parks Department.

Derek, ‘08 Scholar

Nonverbal learning disability, dysgraphia

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

Emily, ‘08 Scholar

Dyslexia, dysgraphia

Earned an associate degree from Bellevue College and a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Currently employed as digital print specialist making wholesale stickers.

Erica, ‘08 Scholar

Erb’s palsy

Has a master’s in public health from Columbia University and bachelor’s degrees in biology and public health from the University of Washington (UW). Currently a fourth year doctoral student in the Department of Health Services at UW School of Public Health studying occupational health services. Completed an internship with the American Evaluation Association Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) with Michigan Public Health Institute practicing a culturally responsive and racial equity lens in evaluation and research. Supports the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (PNASH) with data analysis on the Heat Education Awareness Tools (HEAT) project to prevent heat illness among agricultural workers. Focusing her dissertation on how labor laws and policies impact health.

Erik, ‘08 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Attended Western Washington University. Works part-time on the family farm as a bookkeeper.

Jeremy, ‘08 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Graduated with a bachelor of arts in psychology in the fall of 2020. Looking to apply to graduate programs in occupational therapy.

Mack, ‘08 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

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

Marco, ‘08 Scholar

Asperger syndrome

Earned associate degrees in arts, chemistry, and biology. Took classes toward a bachelor’s degree at Washington State University and earned a minor in mathematics. Completed undergraduate research on isotopes in the rain and participated in club leadership as website director for the Society of Professional Engineers. Currently studying computer science at Western Governors University.

Nate, ‘08 Scholar

Learning disability

Graduated from California State University, Chico with a degree in business information systems with an emphasis in management. Working as an IT engineer for DXC Technology focusing on systems, applications, and products implementation and support. 

Nejowa, ‘08 Scholar

Spinal tuberculosis

Played basketball for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Plans on being a youth counselor.

Russell, ‘08 Scholar

Asperger syndrome

Earned post baccalaureate paralegal certificate at Edmonds Community College. Left Phillips Law Firm to become an insurance claim handler with Allstate Insurance focusing on uninsured motorist injury claims. Lives in Salt Lake City and recently bought a house.

Sam, ‘08 Scholar

Auditory processing disorder

Earned an associate of applied science degree in architectural design and drafting from Portland Community College. Full-time computer-aided design (CAD) Drafter 2 at Power Engineers in Lake Oswego, OR. This year marks five years at Power Engineers. Works in the substation department helping engineers and designers with drafting needs on a variety of projects with different power companies.

Shelby, ‘08 Scholar

Brain tumor causing learning delays, health impairments

Attends Western Oregon University to earn a bachelor’s degree and become an American Sign Language interpreter. May pursue a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and eventually work with individuals who are deaf. Works at Partnerships in Community Living to support people with developmental disabilities.

Wesley, ‘08 Scholar

After graduating from Napavine High School, took online college classes in his area of interest, psychology. He joked that he wanted to be the next Dr. Phil. Aspired to work with families, with children or in the field of drug addiction and will always be remembered for his sense of humor and playful nature. Passed away in April 2018.

Yomara, ‘08 Scholar

Spinal muscular atrophy type 2

Graduated from the University of Washington Bothell with a double major in communications and sociology.