2015 Scholars

2015 Scholars


Emily, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, my name is Emily. I have spastic quadriparesis. I enjoy playing golf, going to the gym, getting people to laugh, and hanging out with friends. I am interested in rehabilitation medicine research, and my long term goal is to become a medical researcher in the field of rehabilitation medicine. I am a junior at the University of Oregon.

London, ‘15 Scholar

Greetings, I am London, and I have autism. I graduated from North Central High School in Spokane. I attend Spokane Falls Community College. I like video games, visual design, art, music, and fiction. I am unsure of what career path I should follow, so suggestions are appreciated.

Aspen, ‘15 Scholar

My name is Aspen. I am deaf and communicate using American Sign Language (ASL). I am currently a student at Everett Community College. I am loving college, where I am also a teacher aid for the ASL classes. I am majoring in communications and getting my direct transfer agreement associate degree. I then plan on transferring to a four-year university. One of my biggest accomplishments this year was moving out on my own. I moved into the dorms on campus for spring quarter, and it is super fun! My favorite leisure activities are reading, working out, and socializing.

Laszlo, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, I’m Laszlo! I have cerebral palsy. I graduated from Ingraham High School and attend the University of Washington Seattle. I plan to major in communications. During high school, I was an Associated Student Body (ASB) representative for student council, master of ceremonies for the 2017 multicultural assembly, and a member of Link Crew, which assists incoming freshmen in adjusting to high school. I enjoy listening to Kid Ink, Chris Brown, Pitbull, Iggy Azalea, and many more. I competed in the 2014 King County Special Olympics Track and Field team. At the state championships in Fort Lewis, I competed in the 30 and 50 meter motorized wheelchair slalom and softball throw. I earned three gold medals. For fun, I like to play games and talk to friends on Facebook.

Chana, ‘15 Scholar

My name is Chana. I graduated from Wilson High School in Tacoma. While in high school, I took running start classes at Tacoma Community College. I attend the University of Washington Tacoma. I have cerebral palsy. In my free time, I enjoy reading books, listening to music, and watching movies. I also enjoy musical theatre. My goal is to become a pediatrician.

Andrew, ‘15 Scholar

My name is Andrew. I graduated from Anacortes High School. I was part of the Anacortes Robotics Team for three years, and we qualified to go to St. Louis for the world championship all three years. I like to hike and play video games. I am interested in nature and how it works. I attend Western Washington University for an computer science degree. I am deaf.

Max, ‘15 Scholar

Hey there. My name is Max, and I graduated from Camas High School. I am a sophomore at Gonzaga University. I have Asperger syndrome. My main pleasures in life are learning about linguistics and attending my kung-fu class. I really want to be a computer engineer. I like using my computer for fun, which tends to neatly overlap with linguistics research. I also play plenty of games.

Dewald, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, my name is Dewald. I graduated from Bellingham High School. I have cerebral palsy. I was born in South Africa as the middle kid of a set of triplets and weighed only two pounds when I was born. My favorite subjects are history and psychology. I was a wrestler on my high school’s varsity team. I am a fanatical follower of soccer and support the USA teams and the Seattle Sounders. I plan to attend Whatcom Community College before attending a four-year school. My goal is to become a social worker.

Kaitlyn, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, everyone! I’m Kaitlyn, but feel free to call me Katie. I have cerebral palsy and use a walker or a wheelchair for long distances. I enjoy listening to music, drawing, gaming, and writing stories. I also like making friends and chatting with people I know. I am a junior at Central Washington University working toward a double degree in psychology and sociology. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2018.

Eli, ‘15 Scholar

My name is Eli, and I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I graduated from North Thurston High School and attend Kent State University. I plan to major in sports administration. I play percussion. I enjoy reading, sports, music, astronomy, and video games. I have two cats and one dog; my dog looks similar to a baby bear. My long term interests are to be a sports general manager, sports scout, or an astronomer.

Jonah, ‘15 Scholar

Hey, my name is Jonah. I currently attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a sophomore. I’m majoring in journalism and minoring in history and political science, with the long term goal of becoming a sports writer. For fun, I play video games and watch sports, with the New England Patriots being my favorite football team. My favorite bands are the Foo Fighters, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Arctic Monkeys. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Brookelyn, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, my name is Brookelyn. I am a graduate of White River High School. I plan on taking an online class through Pierce College in their pre-college program so that I have a better chance of getting into schools for my desired career, vet tech. This past fall, I gave a speech about my journey with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with my high school classmate at a private school in Renton. I love reading, sports, art, biology, singing, music, and animals. Besides ASD, I have learning disabilities.

Hailey, ‘15 Scholar

My name is Hailey. I graduated from Cheney High School where I actively participated in leadership roles. I like cooking, listening to music, watching movies, enjoying the great outdoors (fishing, camping, boating, kayaking), and hanging out with friends. I attend Yakima Valley Community College in the vet tech program. I have attention deficit disorder and a learning disability.

Tasha, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, I’m Tasha. I finished high school early through Spokane Community College. I’m really into fitness, working out, and sports. I enjoy many sports, but my favorite is wrestling; I have been a wrestler for over five years. My long term goals are to study kinesiology in college and become a personal trainer.

Ryan, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, I’m Ryan, and I have a learning disability. I graduated from Mt. Spokane High School in 2016 and currently attend Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington where I’m pursuing my calling to be an athletic trainer. My hobbies include rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, and outdoor adventuring in general. However, my greatest joy in life is brought to me simply by the people in it.

Katelyn, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, my name is Katelyn. I graduated from Bonney Lake High School. I took two quarters at Pierce Community College. I am currently working two jobs while going to school online to become a vet tech. I have myotonic muscular dystrophy, which affects my limbs and face. I enjoy the outdoors and taking walks. My hobbies include being on YouTube, hanging with friends, and listening to music, especially metal. I absolutely love cats!

Grady, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, my name is Grady. I am a sophomore at the University of Washington in Seattle, where I am majoring in informatics. I graduated from Puyallup High School in 2017, where I was an active member of Key Club, National Honor Society, and Viking Knights. Over the summer, I worked as a technology assistant for my school district. I enjoy computers and keeping up with the latest technology news and I plan to have a career in the technology field after college. I have congenital muscular dystrophy.