2014 Scholars

2014 Scholars


Carl, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, I’m Carl. I graduated from Woodinville High School and now attend the University of Washington Seattle. I like music and playing the drums. I also like gaming on my Xbox and computer. I have a dog. I am a fan of the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team. I am interested in geography and business. I took an Advanced Placement (AP) test to receive college credit. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Sean, ‘14 Scholar

Hello, my name is Sean. My favorite classes are machining and trigonometry. I have complete hearing loss in both ears and two cochlear implants. I enjoy hanging out with friends, watching TV, playing sports, and listening to music. I like rap most, but I am open to other genres. I played football for my high school. I attended Rochester Institute of Technology and now attend Olympic College.

Jason, ‘14 Scholar

My name is Jason, and I attend Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. I am planning to get my associate of arts in business management, and then transfer to a university. I am on the cross country and track teams. This year I am attending the LIFTT (Learning Independence For Today and Tomorrow) program at the Washington State School for the Blind and next year I will be the resident advisor for the program. For fun I enjoy playing video games and keeping score for Mariners games.

Anita, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, I’m Anita. I’m a junior at the University of Portland studying early education. I use a wheelchair because I contracted polio when I was a baby living in India. I like rowing, and I love doing community service, reading, hanging out with friends, and meeting new people.  

Aja, ‘14 Scholar

Hello, my name is Aja. I graduated from Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish and intend to go to the University of Washington after Edmonds Community College. I have mild cerebral palsy. My favorite subject is the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). In the future I intend to cure cerebral palsy, so I can join the Army. I’ve been a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and the National Honor Society. I enjoy archery and playing the piano. I am also an avid reader.  

Calleese, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, I’m Calleese. I attended iTech Preparatory and took Running Start classes. I have a learning disability. I was the president of the Local Association Student Council, which helps students from different schools and events come together and learn from each other. In 2016, I planned a leadership summit for three different districts to attend. After I tore both of my ACLs (anterior cruciate ligament in the knee) during a soccer game, I started learning photography. I was a yearbook officer, head photographer, and editor. I travel a lot with my twin around the Vancouver and Oregon area. I am a very relaxed, outgoing person. I love playing sports, being outdoors, and adventuring. I attend Central Washington University.

Jin, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jin, and I am hard of hearing. I attended Roosevelt High School in Seattle. I played percussion in symphonic band, marching band, and drumline. I enjoy reading, solving math problems, listening to music, playing basketball, and gaming. I would like to become a computer scientist. I attend the University of Washington Seattle.

Thor, ‘14 Scholar

Thor graduated from Burlington-Edison High School. He was a WyldLife student leader and an active member of Young Life. Thor enjoyed reading many genres of books, but his favorite was mythology. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was in a 4-H club. Thor’s career goal was to become a lawyer. He had a form of muscular dystrophy called Desmin myopathy. Thor passed away in May of 2016.

Kennedy, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, my name is Kennedy. I attend Tacoma Community College. It has been an awesome experience, much better than high school. Some of my favorite courses are psychology and sociology. I am working toward an associate of arts degree. During my spare time I enjoy playing video games, watching movies, boating with my family, and listening to music. I listen to an array of music, from Radiohead to Alice in Chains and Led Zeppelin. I saw a few great concerts this summer at the White River Amphitheater. My favorite movie genres are comedy and action. My career goal is to become a clinical psychologist.

Vanessa, ‘14 Scholar

Hi! My name is Vanessa. I graduated from Skagit Valley College with an associate technical arts degree in multimedia and interactive technology. I am a creative production intern at Rooted in Rights, a project of Disability Rights Washington, where I work from my home on Whidbey Island to aid the creative team in the production of graphic design projects for disability rights organizations across the country. In my spare time I volunteer at Whidbey Island Nourishes, a local non-profit that provides food for hungry school children. I also spend a lot of time listening to Taylor Swift and Hamilton, as well as reading an endless list of novels on my Kindle. I have Ollier’s disease/Maffucci syndrome.

Alex, ‘14 Scholar

My name is Alex. I graduated from the International School in Bellevue. Currently I am a junior at the University of Maryland, where I have received two presidential awards for academic excellence along with the Office of Multi‑Ethnic Student Education Award for having a GPA at or above 3.5. I enjoy video games and love to read about video game news, and I’m also a huge fan of the Beatles. I want to find an internship at a video game company.

Lindsey, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, my name is Lindsey. I am a sophomore at the University of Washington (UW). I am hoping to get into the animation capstone offered by the UW’s animation research lab. With the capstone classes, I want to incorporate disabled characters and other diverse characters to the short film that will be made, and get more disability representation in the media overall. When I graduate from college, I want to work as an animator, preferably at DreamWorks Animation Studio. I like to read, write, draw, watch TV, and listen to music. I work part time for DO-IT as a student office assistant. I also received a scholarship from the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation to cover tuition and housing for the next three years. I have a retired service dog named Wonder and three younger siblings. I have spinal muscular atrophy Type 2/3, but it just adds a little more spice to my life, along with a wheelchair. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

Teo, ‘14 Scholar

Hi my name is Teo. I like to spend time with family and friends. I’m a nice, funny, and friendly person. I will be attending Everett Community College in the fall and plan to major in the medical field. Eventually, I want to attend the University of Washington.

Matthew, ‘14 Scholar

My name is Matthew. I graduated from Mt. Spokane High School, where I was in Spanish club, National Honor Society, and Gamer’s Club. I founded my school’s Archery Club. I served as co-captain for Gamer’s Club and served on Student Council and the prom committee. I have a first degree black belt in tae kwon do. I enjoy science and served on the student board for the Mobius Science Center and continue to volunteer at the museum. My favorite activities are spending time with my family, fishing, snorkeling, archery, puzzles, and spending time at the beach looking for treasures. I also love playing video games, including the Assassin’s Creed series, Call of Duty series, Bioshock series, and Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney. I have a twin brother and a younger sister. I am a sophomore at Eastern Washington University. I plan to major in engineering or video game design.

Mikaela, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, I’m Mikaela. I attend Washington State University. I am studying nursing and psychology.

Mike, ‘14 Scholar

Hi DO-IT Scholars! My name is Michael! I love being employed by the South West Child Consortium. I am working on becoming a paraprofessional or a paraeducator. My interests include working with children, drawing, and listening to country music. I also love to meet new people and experience new things. I had cancer when I was one year old.

Eric, ‘14 Scholar

My name is Eric. I am a sophomore at Duke University majoring in electrical and computer engineering. I was named the “Most Inspirational Student” in 8th grade and am a member of the National Honor Society. I played on my school and club soccer teams. I also enjoy both playing and listening to music. I play drums and guitar. My family and I volunteer at the Issaquah Meals Program, which provides food for people in need. I love to play with my dog, and I also help pet-sit for my neighbors when they go on vacation.

Sangha, ‘14 Scholar

Hello, my name is Sangha. I graduated from Bellevue High School where I played clarinet in the symphonic band. For fun I play ping pong and computer games. My favorite hobby is watching YouTube videos about new games. I like having time with my friends. I am a sophomore at Seattle Pacific University studying to be a computer engineer. I plan to join the DO-IT community for events whenever possible. I continue to figure out ways to work with my autism spectrum disorder.