2013 Scholars

2013 Scholars
Alex, ‘13 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Attends Walla Walla Community College. Wants to pursue a career as a pastor or a counselor. Will go to seminary after finishing community college.

Antonio, ‘13 Scholar

Spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy

Completing undergraduate studies at the University of Washington studying sociology and American ethnic studies. Following his passion about achieving equity and liberation for disabled people and folks of all marginalized identities.

Brenna, ‘13 Scholar

Learning disability

Has been traveling and learning life skills along the way for the past three years after attending universities the first two years after high school. Returned to school taking online classes through Prescott College. Moved to Moab, Utah working at a bike shop during the spring and raft guide and fish guide during the summer. Looks forward to figuring out how to balance studies, playing outside, and work these next few years.

Clarissa, ‘13 Scholar

Cerebral palsy, left-sided hemiplegia.

Graduated from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and a certificate of international studies in business. After working for a few years, plans to get a master’s degree in either finance or business law. Wants to work for an international corporation that operates in either Japan or Indonesia.

Courtney, ‘13 Scholar


Attended Seattle Central College before transfering to the University of Washington to earn a bachelor’s degree in communications. Works as a creative production assistant at Rooted in Rights, a program of Disability Rights Washington that focuses on creating media centered around disability rights. Writes for the Rooted in Rights blog, other publications like the Braille Monitor, and a personal blog. Received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2018.

Dustine, ‘13 Scholar

Asperger syndrome

Graduated from the University of Washington (UW) with majors in law, societies, and justice and political science and a minor in disability studies. Recipient of the Husky 100 in 2018, an award given to 100 students across all three of UW’s campuses for making the most of their time at UW. Played piccolo as a member of the Husky Marching Band. Recipient of the “Most Spirited Bandsman” award for the 2017 football season, and was one of three former band members who ran the siren at the Husky football games the following football season. Worked for First Year Programs at UW as an associate for the Commuter and Transfer Commons. Now works at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP as a records analyst. Plans to attend law school in September 2021 and work as a disability rights attorney.

Ellen, ‘13 Scholar

Speech-based learning disability

Graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and operation. Has been taking flying lessons to get a pilot license. Wants to become a UAS operator and work for Air Shepherd, founded by the Lindberg Foundation, to fight poachers in Africa. Also enjoys doing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, playing soccer, fostering animals from animal shelters, learning German, and World War II reenacting.

Hannah, ‘13 Scholar

Stargardt’s disease

Graduated with a major in computer science and physics and math minors from the University of Washington (UW). Was a part of the Interdisciplinary Honors Program. Studied in Paris. Played piccolo in the UW Marching Band and has traveled both nationally and internationally through music. Awarded the UW President’s Medal for the 2015-2016 academic year, and won the Boas scholarship for physics for the 2017-2018 academic year. Interned at Facebook in software development and now works for Facebook.

Julian, ‘13 Scholar

Traumatic brain injury

Graduated from Washington State University. Enjoys attending Coug and Dawg events. Go Cougs!

K, ‘13 Scholar

Amelia (congenital amputation), migraines

Graduated cum laude from the University of Washington (UW) with honors. Double majored in law, societies, and justice and disability studies, and was a member of both the Interdisciplinary Honors Program and the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School. Plans on attending law school to become a disability rights lawyer and then working up the political ladder to become president. Works as an administrative assistant for both the Management and Organization Department and the Marketing and International Business Department of the UW Foster School of Business.

Karlyn, ‘13 Scholar

Nonverbal learning disorder, dyscalculia, attention deficit disorder

Attended Green River Community College, taking courses to get an associate in applied science in early childhood education with a certificate in Montessori teaching. Works a part-time job as a beauty advisor at Walgreens on weekends. Learning Swedish and American Sign Language in spare time.

McKenna, ‘13 Scholar


Attending DeVry University working towards a bachelor’s degree in business and technical management and plans to become a lawyer. Earned high school diploma and an associate degree through Running Start. Is a resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, a member of the National Paralympic Shooting Team, and represented the United States at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Michael, ‘13 Scholar


Studying to become a dietitian or nutritionist. Attending Edmonds Community College before transferring to the University of Washington Seattle campus. Works at a Spanish restaurant part-time. Attended the PEERS Program at the Seattle Clinic to increase communication skills. A member of Toastmasters to improve public speaking skills.

Nicole, ‘13 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Attends Brigham Young University Idaho. Wants to study English or social work. Started a personal blog about daily life and other topics.

Olivia, ‘13 Scholar

Cerebral palsy

Graduated in 2018 from the University of Washington. Working on a certificate in medical coding. Enjoys traveling, knitting, baking, and being creative.

Rahil, ‘13 Scholar

Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Graduated from the University of Washington Bothell majoring in computer science and software engineering and currently working towards his master’s in computer science.Worked as a game development intern at the Digital Future Lab. Currently interning with Microsoft.

Ryan, ‘13 Scholar

Asperger syndrome

Attended Eastern Washington University and plans to transfer to Spokane Community College to study computer science, mathematics and engineering. Enjoys designing and building complicated machinery in Minecraft.