2013 Scholars

Group photo of 2013 DO-IT Scholars


Antonio, ‘13 Scholar

Hey everyone! My name is Antonio, and I am a third-year student at the University of Washington double-majoring in sociology and American ethnic studies. I work as a student assistant in the DO-IT office. My disability is cerebral palsy, a condition affecting my mobility, energy levels, and coordination, especially on the right side of my body. My passions include social advocacy, hip-hop, all things Seattle sports, reading, and writing.

Dustine, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Dustine, and I have Asperger syndrome. I am a student at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, majoring in law, societies, and justice. I play the piccolo in the UW Husky Marching Band. As a member of the band, I have had the privilege of playing at the UW football games. I hope to enter law school after completing my undergraduate degree and eventually become a lawyer. It has been a pleasure to be a part of the UW community as a whole, and I look forward to continuing my educational pursuits at UW. Go Dawgs!

Michael, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Michael. I enjoy taking photos of nature, reading, cooking, and TED Talks. I like eating food and trying new recipes. I mostly make different types of soup. My disability is high functioning autism. I am currently attending Bellevue College for environmental science. I use executive functioning tools such as Any.Do to improve efficiency and to help other people. I am working on improving my executive functioning and memory.

Courtney, ‘13 Scholar

Hi all, my name is Courtney. I have not been very involved in DO-IT since my Phase I year because of other summer programs like YES! However, I want to jump back into the community. I’m at the Orientation Training Program via the Department of Service for the blind. I hope to get an internship over the summer, and I start at Seattle University in the fall. I love to play my ukulele and sing. I was an intern for Summer Study 2016.

McKenna, ‘13 Scholar

Hello! My name is McKenna, and I was born with arthrogryposis. In 2014, I earned my high school diploma and my associate’s degree through Running Start. I am currently a resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. I am on the National Paralympic Shooting Team and will represent the United States at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Through the Olympic Training Center, I am attending DeVry University working towards my bachelor’s degree in business and technical management. After the 2016 Games, I plan on becoming a lawyer. Feel free to email me anytime!


Ryan, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Ryan, and I have Asperger syndrome. I attended Eastern Washington University as a freshman, and am planning on transferring to Spokane Community College this fall, where I plan to study computer science. I also plan to study mathematics and engineering. I enjoy designing and building complicated machinery in Minecraft.

Julian, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Julian, and I have a traumatic brain injury. I attend Washington State University. I plan to major in sports management and eventually coach professional basketball. I look forward to enjoying more Coug and Dawg events this fall. Go Cougs!

Ellen, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Ellen, and I have a speech-based learning disability. I am going to pursue a bachelor’s degree in unmanned aircraft systems operations at the University of North Dakota. I have been an intern for The Patriots Flight Team and the Blue Angels during Seafair. I have jump seated in a brand new Boeing 737-900 ER twice during take-off and landing. When I get the chance, I like to fly airplanes. I actually flew a Cessna twice as the main pilot. I’ve been playing soccer since I was six years old, and I love it. I foster kittens at my home for The Seattle Humane Society. I met Harrison Ford in Los Angeles in February 2014.

Clarissa, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Clarissa, and I have cerebral palsy and left-sided hemiplegia. I live in Everett. I finished my second year at the University of Washington Bothell in June 2016. It has been a challenging year, but thankfully, I finished smoothly with a good grade point average and great enthusiasm. I am planning to major in business, specifically in finance. I love learning foreign languages and meeting new people. My native language is Indonesian, and I speak fluent English and some Japanese. I also enjoy singing and listening to music during my free time. I would like to travel to Japan and other places around the world.

Brenna, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Brenna, and I have a learning disability. I was a freshman at Evergreen State College, but this fall I will be transferring to Western Washington University. This past year I studied American Sign Language, activism in the northwest, and how to explain and present the topic of climate change. When I am not in school, I enjoy photography, the outdoors, and reading.

Nicole, ‘13 Scholar

Hey guys, my name is Nicole, and I have cerebral palsy. I’m a graduate from Kentwood High School and now attend Brigham Young University in Idaho. I’m not completely sure what I want to study, still deciding between English and social work. I just started a personal blog about daily life and different topics. If you want to follow me, go to Facebook.com/regularlifeonwheels.

Rahil, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Rahil, and I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I graduated from Bothell High School and attend the University of Washington Bothell studying computer science. I am interested in history, science, and Spanish. I enjoy reading and playing video games in my free time. Last year, I was in Youth and Government, a YMCA program where the participants simulate a state legislative session. I was also a member of the National Honor Society.

Alex, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Alex, and I have cerebral palsy. I use my artistic abilities to express myself. I graduated from Walla Walla High School, where I enjoyed studying math and science. I’m interested in learning about space travel and understanding the universe. I want to pursue a career as a pastor or a counselor. I go to Walla Walla Community College. Then I will go to seminary.

Karlyn, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, I’m Karlyn! I have nonverbal learning disorder, dyscalculia, and attention deficit disorder. I graduated from Nova High School in Seattle in June of 2015. I attend Green River Community College, taking courses to get my associates in applied science in early childhood education with a certificate in Montessori teaching. I have a part-time job as a beauty advisor at Walgreens on weekends as well. I am currently trying to learn Swedish and American Sign Language in my spare time.

Hannah, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Hannah, and I have a visual impairment. I play piccolo in the University of Washington Marching Band. Music is a large part of my life, and has given me the opportunity to travel nationally and internationally with different audition-level honors ensembles. Aside from music, I enjoy reading, writing, and being outdoors. I also do a lot of volunteer work around my community with the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board. I am pursuing my interests in science and engineering at the University of Washington as a member of the Honors Program. I am on the DO-IT ATeam.

Kayla, ‘13 Scholar

Hello there! My name is Kayla. I’m from Lynnwood and graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School a few years ago. I currently attend the University of Washington, where I am in the Interdisciplinary Honors Program. I plan on double majoring in law, society, and justice and disability studies, then attending law school to become a disability rights lawyer. I work for DO-IT as a student office assistant. Feel free to email me at any time!

Olivia, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Olivia, and I have cerebral palsy. I attend the University of Washington. I plan on majoring in biology, which is one of my favorite subjects. When I’m not working on school I enjoy being outside, watching movies, and hanging out with friends.