Phase III Scholars

Group photo of 2013 Phase I Scholars

Phase III Scholars are completing high school or transitioning to college. Throughout the year, they communicate with other Scholars, Ambassadors, and Mentors and participate in DO-IT activities. Some become Interns at DO-IT Summer Study and participate in other work experiences. Once 2014 Summer Study was over, those Phase III Scholars who graduated from high school became DO-IT Ambassadors. DO-IT Ambassadors are pursuing postsecondary studies and careers. They share their experiences with DO-IT Scholars and Pals, encouraging them to pursue their goals in college and employment. All Scholars and Ambassadors can communicate with each other at, and with all Scholars, Pals, Ambassadors, and Mentors at

Antonio, ‘13 Scholar

What’s up, everyone? My name is Antonio. I was born with cerebral palsy which has affected my mobility. I’m a huge sports fan (Seahawks, Mariners, Sounders, Huskies). I love listening to hip-hop. My favorite bands are Dilated Peoples, Bambu, and the Seattle-based Blue Scholars. I attend the University of Washington and am excited to be a Husky! I would enjoy a career in journalism or sports broadcasting. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2015.

Dustine, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Dustine, and I am a student at the University of Washington in Seattle. My major is undecided, although I am considering law, societies, and justice, or possibly computer science. Last fall, I played the piccolo in the 240-member Husky Marching Band and plan to return to the Husky Band this September. I have Asperger’s syndrome, a disorder that impacts my ability to socialize with my peers. But I have gained valuable friends and connections as a result of my involvement with the Husky Band and DO-IT. Go Dawgs! I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2015.

Michael, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Michael. I enjoy taking photos of nature, reading, building plastic military models, and cooking. My disability is high functioning autism. My greatest accomplishment is being accepted into Bellevue College. I am taking the quarter off to investigate several areas of academic interest. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2015.

Courtney, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Courtney. I have a visual impairment, but I also have a very supportive family. I listen to music constantly and play the flute in the symphonic band at school. I’m also an avid reader. I will read most anything, but I tend to linger in the sci-fi/fantasy realm. I did the Department of Services for the Blind’s Youth Employment Solutions (YES) program in 2014.

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 hope to 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 graduated from Shadle Park High School in Spokane. In the fall, I will attend Eastern Washington University to study computer science. I also plan to study mathematics and engineering. I enjoy designing and building complicated machinery in Minecraft. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2015.

Julian, ‘13 Scholar

Hi my name is Julian, and I have traumatic brain injury. I attend Washington State University. I plan to major in sports management and eventually coach professional basketball. For now, the journey is just starting so I look forward to enjoying 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/operations at the University of North Dakota. I have been an intern for The Patriots Flight Team and the Blue Angels during Seafair. 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 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 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 first year at the University of Washington Bothell in June 2015. It has been a challenging year, but thankfully, I finished my first year 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. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2015.

Brenna, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Brenna, and I have a learning disability. I graduated high school and Running Start last year. I was the youngest filmmaker in the Port Townsend Film Festival. I enjoy photography and the outdoors. I plan on attending Fort Lewis College in Colorado.

Nicole, ‘13 Scholar

Hey, my name is Nicole and I have cerebral palsy. I graduated from Kentwood High School in Kent in June of 2015. I am a freshman at Brigham Young University in Idaho. I would like to pursue a journalism career and maybe write books. I enjoy my English classes and being on the school’s yearbook staff.

Rahil, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Rahil, and I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I graduated from Bothell High School and will be attending the University of Washington Bothell to study computer science. I am interested in history, science, and Spanish as well. 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. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2015.

Alex, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Alex, and I have cerebral palsy. I use my artistic abilities to express myself. I just 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’m going to start at Walla Walla Community College this September. Then I will go to Seminary.

Karlyn, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, I’m Karlyn! I have nonverbal learning disorder and attention deficit disorder. I graduated from Nova High School in Seattle. I will be attending Green River Community College, taking courses to become an occupational therapy assistant. I volunteer at Lowell Elementary School with kids who have various disabilities, teaching them basic life skills. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2015.

Hannah, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Hannah and I have a visual impairment. I love music and play the flute, piccolo, and oboe in my school 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 excited to begin pursuing my interests in science and engineering at the University of Washington as a member of the Honors Program. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2015.

Kayla, ‘13 Scholar

Hello! My name is Kayla. I live in Lynnwood and graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School last year. I currently attend the University of Washington, where I am in the Honors Program. I plan on majoring in law, society, and justice, minoring in disability studies, and attending law school to become a disability rights lawyer. I swim for the U.S. Paralympic National Swim Team and hold many world and American records. I have participated in the Paralympic World Championships four times, Para-Pan American Games twice, and Para-Pan Pacific Games once. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2015.

Olivia, ‘13 Scholar

Hi, my name is Olivia, and I have cerebral palsy. I will be attending the University of Washington this fall. 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.