Phase III Scholars & Ambassadors

2015 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 2017 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

Emily, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, my name is Emily. I have spastic quadriparesis. I enjoy playing golf, going to the gym, making people 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 sophomore at the University of Oregon. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

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

Hello, My name is Aspen. I am Deaf and use a cochlear implant to hear. I use American Sign Language to communicate; I read lips, and I am able to talk. I am excited to say that I graduated from high school! Last year I attended Washington School for the Deaf part-time and Hudson Bay part-time as a senior. I was a varsity wrestler for Husdon Bay High School. I got my fourth year letter in wrestling. I enjoy being active outdoors. My favorite activity is spending quality time with family and friends and being laid back. I hope to pursue a professional athletic career. My biggest accomplishment was setting up a Jr. National Association for the Deaf and being vice president. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

Laszlo, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, I’m Laszlo! I have cerebral palsy. I graduated from Ingraham High School and will be attending University of Washington Seattle in the fall to major in radio and communications. I would like to have my own talk show someday. 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. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

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 Seattle. I have cerebral palsy. In my free time, I enjoy reading books, listening to music, and watching movies. I also enjoy musical theatre. I have a dog named Wrinkles. My goal is to become a pediatrician. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

Andrew, ‘15 Scholar

My name is Andrew. I graduated from Anacortes High School. I was part of the Anacortes Robotics Team for three years. On the robotics team, we qualified to go to St. Louis for the world championship every year. I like to hike and play video games. I am interested in nature and how it works. I attend Western Washington University for an environmental science degree. I am deaf. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

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 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 sophomore at Central Washington University.

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, 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 graduated from North Thurston High School, where I was a member of the National Honor Society. I attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My favorite bands are the Foo Fighters and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I love history and sports. For fun, I play video games and watch sports. I am a New England Patriots fan. My long term goal is to be a sports writer or a historian. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

Brookelyn, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, my name is Brookelyn. I am a graduate of White River High School, ranking 14 out of 280 seniors in my class and earning graduation cords for taking three years of career and technical education classes and maintaining a 3.93 GPA. I raised and showed my SAE (Supervised Agricultural Event) hog at the Washington State Spring Fair in April, receiving third place in market grading and fourth place in overall showmanship. I won Rotary Student of The Month, and I gave a speech about my educational journey to the Rotary. I participated in the Unified Special Olympics bowling, basketball, and soccer. I won the “Unified Special Olympics Athlete of The Year Award” and “The Perseverance Award” in my senior year. I was involved in chamber choir, and we earned first place both in our division and overall at a music contest in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. I have autism spectrum disorder and learning disabilities. I love reading, sports, art, biology, singing, listening to music, and animals. I plan on attending a vet tech program. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

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. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

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. In the process I’m also pursuing a minor in theology since Christianity is an integral part of my life. 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 attend Pierce Community College. 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! I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.

Grady, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, my name is Grady. I am a freshman at the University of Washington Seattle, where I plan to major in informatics. I graduated from Puyallup High School, 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 hope to have a career in the technology field after college. I have congenital muscular dystrophy. I was an Intern for Summer Study 2017.